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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2613

Reemergence of LTTE warned

By Ira de Silva of London, Canada

In a letter to the Editor, Asian Tribune Ira de Silva of London, Canada has painfully pointed out of the growing threat of LTTE and the “growing increase of the LTTE operating in the country without inhibition.”

She has alleged that this threat was “fully supported by the spokespersons of the LTTE namely the TNA and the Governor of the Northern Province, should be cause for concern for all Sri Lankans. “

Given below the full text of the letter to The Editor Asian Tribune by Ira de Silva of London, Canada:

The Editor
Asian Tribune
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Dear Sir:

Reading the news reports from Sri Lanka especially regarding the growing increase of the LTTE operating in the country without any inhibition, fully supported by the spokespersons of the LTTE namely the TNA and the Governor of the Northern Province, should be cause for concern for all Sri Lankans.

It is generally said that Sri Lankans have very short memories so it is imperative that on May 18th and May19th they be reminded that they lived in fear of their lives, that they were killed anywhere and everywhere in the country without warning by the LTTE terrorists, that at various times in the thirty years of LTTE terrorism, the GOSL at times, because of the dictates of the western powers, gave equal status as the GOSL to the LTTE and signed peace deals with the LTTE.

Let Sri Lankans remember that because of the CFA the LTTE were given the right to roam the country to terrorize the population while the Sri Lankan forces were confined to their barracks and humiliated by the LTTE. As required by the dictates of the so-called international community, they agreed to share power with the LTTE, they recognized the LTTE/TNA as the sole representatives of the Tamil people a claim that the TNA makes even today, that they launched programs such as PTOMS to appease the LTTE, that they obligingly saluted the LTTE. When foreign powers came to Sri Lanka and held meetings in Killinochi with the LTTE and it was the LTTE flag that was beamed to the international community.

The attitude of the current government regarding the remembrance of the defeat of the scourge of LTTE terrorism is, in my view, muddled and an insult to all those in the armed services who gave their lives and the thousands who were injured and their families, to rid all Sri Lankans of decades of LTTE terrorism. The leaders in the current government are the same as those who insulted and denigrated the security forces in the past. Once again the international community is dictating to Sri Lanka as was clearly evidenced by the attitude and “dictates” of the U.S.

Secretary of State when he visited the country. The tone of U.S.-Sri Lanka relations was set when the current Foreign Minister went to Washington and Mr. Kerry, advised by the LTTE diaspora and the Trans National Government of Eelam headquartered in the U.S., stated that Sri Lanka had a thirty year war on the Tamils. Our Foreign Minister did not have the courage to correct this false statement perhaps because he too has no respect for the security forces.

According to news report on May 20th in Colombo Page the Sri Lankan government has strongly rejected the claims that the LTTE flag is being waved in Jaffna. For the information of your readers and as an eye opener to those in the government who have in the past done everything to "support" the demands of the LTTE with CFA's, PTOMS and the never ending claim that the LTTE/TNA should be given whatever they demand, no rebuttal by the GOSL when claims of genocide are been made to international organizations, I am forwarding pictures of LTTE activities which I received last week. (see below).

It is despicable and insulting to our armed forces as well as the majority of Sri Lankans that they are deprived of celebrating the VICTORY against terrorism on May 19th which is a legitimate right. Although the current government follows the dictates of the west in what Sri Lanka should do, why is it that they do not follow what the west does regarding their soldiers and celebrating their victory at the end of World War 11? Seventy years after the war they are still celebrating not only the end of the war but even victories of various battles with military parades and are calling them Victory Parades. Their leaders make it a point to thank the forces for their sacrifices and give them the highest honours. Why must Sri Lanka not do so? Is it because of the current pressure on the GOSL by the west who are pandering to the LTTE to get Tamil votes in the west? Sri Lankans must be told why our security forces are once again being insulted in this manner because it is also an insult to all Sri Lankans who do not support the LTTE.

It is time the Sri Lankan voter remembers the sacrifices made by a few and demanded that the government stop dishonoring our security forces, the same people that spoke disparagingly about Thoppigala, compared our forces to the Salvation Army, Alimankada to Pamankada etc. It is time Sri Lankan voters demand that there be a Victory Day on May 18th and 19th because those days are pivotal and it is the legitimate right of the security forces. There can be another Remembrance Day as is done in other countries. Remembrance Day can be on any day they choose to remember all those who died in the long war and give thanks for the peace that was won.

Yours truly,

Ira de Silva
London

- Asian Tribune -

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