Return of the Tigers
The inside story of how the LTTE,
after it lost Jaffna in 1995, regrouped
to take on the might of the Sri
Lankan Army and why its dramatic
resurgence worries both India and
the world. It may already be too late. Kumaratunga
and her Government are much to blame
for allowing the LTTE not only to regroup
but to return with such ferocity that the
current battle may prove to be the most
decisive of the on-going ethnic war that
has seen over 20,000 dead in the past two decades.
Published: Sat May 20 23:06:52 EDT 2000
Norwegian team to arrive Lanka on May 22
The Pioneer, May21.
As fighting between security forces and the LTTE continued, a Norwegian
delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Raymond Johansen
is to arrive
in Sri Lanka on May 22 in an attempt towards bringing the
to the negotiating table.US under secretary of state
Thomas Pickering is also expected in the island
next week in connection with the peace process but no
specific dates have
Published: Sat May 20 22:14:16 EDT 2000
Tigers attack Jaffna
BBC, Saturday, 20 May, 2000, 10:00 GMT 11:00 UK.
Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka have shelled the
main harbour at Jaffna, a vital supply route for
beleaguered government forces.
But while rebels reported that an intense
bombardment was under way, defence officials
said only a few mortar rounds had been fired
towards the harbour at Kankesanthurai, on the
northern edge of the Jaffna peninsula.
Published: Sat May 20 20:33:41 EDT 2000
Sri Lanka dilemma
BBC, Saturday, 20 May, 2000, 19:23 GMT 20:23 UK.
There is much speculation here that
the United States is keen for India to
play a more active role, with perhaps
Israel being asked to shore up Sri
Lankan forces in Jaffna.
India is in contact with both these
countries to discuss developments.
Published: Sat May 20 18:51:36 EDT 2000
LANKAN MINISTER HINTS OF
HELP FROM INDIA
The Statesman, May21.
Details and arrangements
regarding Indian assistance to Sri
Lankan troops trapped in Jaffna
Peninsula have been worked out,
the Sri Lankan Deputy External
Affairs Minister Lakshman Kiriella
Published: Sat May 20 17:00:57 EDT 2000
India agrees to help, says Sri
Deccan Chronicle, May21.
India has agreed to help the beleaguered Sri
Lankan government to overcome the present crisis in the war with
the LTTE, according to Sri Lankan deputy Foreign Minister
Lakshman Kariella. "It has been worked out," Kariella said,
while recalling that his
senior colleague Lakshman Kadirgamar during his recent visit to
India had discussed the need for assistance with the Indian
Published: Sat May 20 16:53:06 EDT 2000
Lankan troops inflict heavy casualties on LTTE
Daily Pioneer, may20.
ri Lankan troops, supported by artillery, inflicted heavy casualties on the
LTTE after intense fighting in Tanankilappu sector some 20
km from Jaffna
town, on Saturday morning.Three armymen, including two
officers were killed when terrorists activated
a claymore mine.In war-torn Jaffna, the "human waves" of
Tamil Tigers attempted to
penetrate the troops defences at several places. Troops were
time to thwart these attempts, a situation report released
Government said on Saturday.
Published: Sat May 20 16:40:41 EDT 2000
Tamils demand Indian
Times of India, May20.
``India's domestic pressures are their own
concern. India has a moral responsibility to do
something in the present situation,'' asserts
PLOTE leader, D Siddharthan."There's no doubt that Rajiv
assassinated by the Tigers. But in its own
interest today, India will have to either talk to the
Tigers or tackle them," adds Suresh
Premachandran of the breakaway faction of the
Published: Sat May 20 16:36:27 EDT 2000
India ready to help as Jaffna
Times Of India, May20.
India is keeping a close watch on
the battle for Jaffna where fierce fighting for
control of the provincial capital continues.
Anxiety is mounting in New Delhi as there is a
very real danger of the Tigers gaining the upper
hand. What happens if they do succeed?
Published: Sat May 20 16:33:14 EDT 2000
Sri Lankan refugees settle down to new life in
Times of India, May20.
While the world's attention is focussed on the
raging war between the trigger-happy LTTE and Sri Lankan government
forces in Jaffna, a large number of the island's Tamil refugees seem to have
put the issue of Eelam behind them and settle down in the hilly terrain of
Malkangiri in Orissa.No matter what the end result of the present
conflict, they seem to have
embraced this arid and Naxalite-infested pocket in Orissa as their new
homeland and have no intentions of returning to their motherland.
Published: Sat May 20 16:29:54 EDT 2000
Plot to kill Lankan leaders unearthed
HindustanTimes, Colombo, May 20.
SRI LANKAN police have unearthed a plot to assassinate several
senior Cabinet ministers, politicians and some police officers in
Colombo with the arrest of a priest of a temple yesterday.
Investigations have revealed that the wife of the priest of the
Kathiresan Kovil had been allegedly storing explosives and suicide
kits for the use by LTTE hit squads in Colombo.
Published: Sat May 20 16:24:31 EDT 2000
LTTE on a major psychological offensive
Hindustan Times, May20.
ALONGSIDE POWERFUL thrusts against Sri Lankan army positions
east of Jaffna town, and the shelling of Palaly and
LTTE is on a major psychological offensive against the minds of the
27,000 government troops defending Jaffna. An offer of
ceasefire and safe passage was followed by a sugar
coated ultimatum which tantalisingly offered the carrots of life
passage out of the war zone even as it brandished the stick of
annihilation in case the ultimatum was disregarded.
Published: Sat May 20 16:22:14 EDT 2000
Sri Lankan Rebels Say Troops Flee As Town
Sri Lankan rebels said on Saturday that government
troops had fled in chaos from a strategic town at the heart of the Jaffna
peninsula battlefield after 12 hours of heavy fighting.
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said in a statement from its
office in London that columns of heavily armed commandos backed by
artillery and mortar fire had launched a multi-pronged attack on
Chavakachcheri at dawn.
Published: Sat May 20 16:16:28 EDT 2000
Chandrika willing to talk with LTTE
Even as the President, Ms. Chandrika
Kumaratunga, said she was ready for talks with the LTTE provided the
militant outfit laid down arms and eschew violence, the army commander
in Jaffna said the troops were determined to fight the LTTE and would not
vacate the town. The President, addressing a convention of youth at her
residence here on
Saturday, exhorted the youth to help the Government in its efforts to fight
Published: Sat May 20 16:09:47 EDT 2000
We'll fight to the finish, says Sri Lankan General
The Hindu, May20.
The overall commander of the security forces in
northern Sri Lanka said today his troops in the embattled Jaffna peninsula
were determined to fight it out ``to the last man''. Maj. Gen. Janaka
Perera told a private TV channel troops there was no
question of withdrawing soldiers from the peninsula and that they would
never allow the LTTE to recapture Jaffna.
Published: Sat May 20 16:07:13 EDT 2000
India ready for 'role' in Sri Lanka: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee's remarks here today that
India was ``ready'' to take any step ``if necessary'', reflects the sense
that the Government that can no longer duck its responsibilities in Sri
Lanka. With the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) reportedly
gaining ground in the offensive against Jaffna, an Indian decision to
intervene, in some form, in Sri Lanka may be imminent.
Published: Sat May 20 16:03:04 EDT 2000
Tamil Tiger Rebels 'Ethnically Cleanse' Parts of
KALAYANAPURA, Sri Lanka--As Tamil
separatists sweep toward
victory on the battlefield, they are
beginning to cleanse their land of the
people who were once their neighbors.
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam,
who have won a series of
victories against Sri Lankan forces in
recent weeks, are stepping up
attacks against ethnic Sinhalese civilians
living in the region that the rebels
claim as their homeland.
Published: Sat May 20 14:23:35 EDT 2000
Taming the Tiger
Far Eastern Economic Review, May18.
Kumaratunga has responded to the crisis
by redirecting all development spending
toward the war effort, extending harsh
censorship laws to the foreign media and
allowing the army to seize property.But Ranil
Wickremesinghe, leader of the
opposition United National Party,
disagrees with the measures. "Most of the
censorship and other regulations are for
Kumaratunga's domestic political
agenda," he told the Review in an
interview on May 7. At the top of that
agenda is ensuring that the president's
power is not undermined by a defeat in
parliamentary elections that must be held
Published: Sat May 20 13:34:12 EDT 2000
'Most of us do not feel that this war
is our war'
World Socialist Web, May20.
The following report was compiled from interviews with wounded troops in
There are about 200 soldiers in the National Hospital, the country's main
hospital, who have been
wounded in the current battles in the north. Thousands of injured army men
have filled several main
hospitals in the different parts of the country, including the war-ravaged
northern province. Every day
new soldiers are being admitted to the National Hospital, among them
soldiers wounded during the
Elephant Pass fighting nearly a month ago.
Published: Sat May 20 13:25:03 EDT 2000
Sri Lankan Army Battles to Keep Supply
Military sources who asked not to be identified
told Reuters by phone that all ships had been
pulled out of Kankesanthurai. They said two
flights made it to Palaly on Friday, but continued
shelling may have made the air base inaccessible
since then.In a rare live interview from the peninsula
which was broadcast over the local Independent Television Network,
operations commander Major General Janaka Perera said the army would not
give up the city it wrested from the LTTE in 1995.``The LTTE has not
entered Jaffna and we will never allow them to take Jaffna city,'' he said.
Published: Sat May 20 13:15:25 EDT 2000
Sri Lanka shuts down newspaper for censorship violation
Sri Lankan authorities Saturday shut down the main Tamil-language newspaper
in the northern Jaffna peninsula after accusing it of supporting Tamil
Tiger rebels and violating strict censorship rules.The Uthayan newspaper
was shut down late Friday and there was no paper distributed
Saturday,officials said adding that it was the first newspaper to be closed
after the imposition of tight censorship on May 3."This newspaper has been
continuously publishing reports, violating the prevailing censorship
regulations," the chief censor and government spokesman Ariya Rubasinghe said.
Published: Sat May 20 13:10:32 EDT 2000
Sri Lanka battles escalate as army rejects surrender call
COLOMBO, May 20.
Ferocious battles gripped Sri Lanka's northern peninsula of Jaffna Saturday
as the military rejected rebel calls for a surrender amid heavy casualties
on both sides.A top army general, Jaanaka Perera went on national
television Saturday to reject a call by the separatist Liberation Tigers of
Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to surrender within a week."We will not leave
Jaffna," Major General Jaanaka Perera said on the ITN television
network from the northern peninsula of Jaffna. "We will push the Tigers out."
Published: Sat May 20 12:58:21 EDT 2000
LTTE claim to have captured Chavakacheri
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.35 p.m. SLT Saturday May 20.
The LTTE today issued a press release form its London office claiming to
have captured Chavakacheri, which lies about 15 kilometeres out of Jaffna
as the crow flies. The LTTE for the last three days have been keeping up a
concentrated attack on Chavakacheri, Palaly and Kankasanthurai.
In its statement the Tigers say "The Sri Lankan army suffered another
serious military debacle in the war for the liberation of Jaffna peninsula
as Chavakachcheri town, the capital of Thenmarachchi division, fell to the
armed forces of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)."
The rebels say the town came under its control this evening after 12 hours
of heavy fighting. The LTTE claim that "columns of heavily armed commandos
of the Tamil Tigers supported by artillery and mortar fire launched a
multi-pronged attack on the Chavakachcheri town in the early hours of the
morning today. Intense fighting continued through the day."
Chavakacheri town, the rebels say, fell at around 6 p.m. SLT this evening.
The Tigers meanwhile claim that in the heavy fighting yesterday and last
night, the LTTE overran military bases at Maduvil, Nunavil and Sarasalai
The military was not available for comment.
Published: Sat May 20 11:51:03 EDT 2000
Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka have
shelled the main harbour at Jaffna, a
vital supply route for beleaguered
But while rebels reported that an
intense bombardment was under way,
defence officials said only a few
mortar rounds had been fired towards
the harbour at Kankesanthurai, on
the northern edge of the Jaffna
Published: Sat May 20 11:35:41 EDT 2000
Jaffna newspaper offices sealed
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9 p.m. SLT Saturday May 20.
The Government last night sealed the offices of Jaffna's leading newspaper
the 'Uthayan.' According to the State the 'Uthayan' was breaching the
present censorship imposed under the Public Ordinance Act, Section 41.
Military officials are reported to have closed down the editorial and
publishing offices of the 'Uthayan' around 7.30 p.m. last night. The
newspaper is the first to be closed down by the government since the Public
Ordinance Act, under Emergency Regulations came into effect three weeks
ago. The newspaper at the time of closure has some 100 employees in its
The editor of the 'Uthayan' newspaper was warned by military officials last
week of having breached the present censorship and was reprimanded for
publishing two stories. One, which stated the Sri Lankan President had
broken into tears when meeting with the Indian Air Force Chief who paid a
visit to Sri Lanka this month, and another story which gave names of five
civilians including two children killed by bombs dropped by Sri Lanka
Airforce Kifir jets at Pooneryn in Sri Lanka's northern peninsula.
Published: Sat May 20 11:29:07 EDT 2000
Indian PM says he is ready to mediate Sri Lanka's crisis
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.15 p.m. SLT Saturday May 20.
Atal Behari Vajpayee, Prime Minister for India, today said he is ready to
mediate a resolution to Sri Lanka's bloody ethnic war. India earlier said
it would mediate between Sri Lanka's two warring factions only if asked to
do so by both the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Government. The Indian PM has
ruled out any military assistance to Lanka's war torn north but insisted
India is willing to provide "humanitarian aid," and bring about a
negotiated settlement to the 18 year conflict.
A three member Norwegian delegation due in Sri Lanka on Monday May 22, is
scheduled to visit India soon after meeting with President Chandrika
Bandaranaike Kumaratunge, Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar and
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Published: Sat May 20 11:29:07 EDT 2000
Military intervention in Sri Lanka ruled out
Defence Minister George
Fernandes today said that no one could "compel" India into
playing a role in resolving the ethnic strife in Sri Lanka and
asserted that there was "no question" of New Delhi
intervening militarily. "I don't see who can compel us," Fernandes
commenting on the remarks of Sri Lankan Foreign Minister
Lakshman Kadirgamar, who said events in Jaffna peninsula
might force India to play a role.
Published: Sat May 20 11:25:54 EDT 2000
Sri Lankan Minister visits Chennai
Close to the heels of the visit of a
Sri Lankan Army General to Chennai and Bangalore a
couple of days ago, Sri Lanka's Deputy Minister for
External Affairs, Lakshman Kiriella, arrived here today
from Colombo and left immediately for Bangalore.
Approached by a private TV media crew at the airport, the
Minister said he was going to Bangalore to deliver an
address at a function organised by the Sathya Sai
Foundation there, and ruled out any official purpose for his
Published: Sat May 20 11:21:53 EDT 2000
No troops withdrawal, asserts Chandrika
Amid calls by the LTTE asking
over 30,000 Government troops in northern Jaffna to lay
down their arms and surrender, Sri Lankan President
Chandrika Kumaratunga has asserted that she would not
withdraw the troops even if the Tamil rebels attempted to
kill her again.
Published: Sat May 20 11:19:15 EDT 2000
India's PM says watching Sri Lanka
India is keeping a
close watch on fighting between
government troops and Tamil rebels in Sri
Lanka and is ready to take any necessary
steps, Press Trust of India (PTI) quoted
the country's prime minister as saying.
Published: Sat May 20 11:12:59 EDT 2000
Tamil Rebels Seek Big Prize in War
Hungry for victory, columns of Tamil rebels are knocking at the gates of
an ancient city guarded by 40,000 tired and dispirited Sri Lankan
soldiers.``What is surprising is how a large force of Sri Lankan troops,
nearly twice the number required to
defend and hold Jaffna, have fared'' against the rebels, said retired
Gen. Amarjit Singh Kalkat, who
led a 50,000-strong Indian peacekeeping force in Sri Lanka that fought
the Tamil Tigers in the late
``Probably the only problem is that the army's morale has collapsed,''
Kalkat told The Associated
Press. ``There's poor leadership, lack of training and lack of motivation.''
Published: Sat May 20 11:05:03 EDT 2000
Sri Lanka Denies Claims by Tamil Tiger
Sri Lanka denied claims on Saturday by Tamil
Tiger rebels that artillery shelling had crippled crucial supply routes for
some 30,000 troops on the war-scarred Jaffna peninsula.
The government's Special Media Information Center said in a statement
released in Colombo that the air force and navy ''continue to maintain a
regular supply of all essentials to Jaffna through the Palaly Air base and
Published: Sat May 20 11:01:36 EDT 2000
India ready for any
eventuality in Lanka: PM
Times Of India, May20.
Prime Minister Atal Bihari
Vajpayee said on Saturday that India was
``ready'' to take steps, if necessary, in Sri
Lanka where the situation was ``rapidly
changing''. Defence minister George Fernandes on the
other hand, while addressing a conference on
South Asian Human Development here, said
that no one could "compel" India to play a
role in resolving the ethnic strife in Sri Lanka
and asserted that there was "no question" of
New Delhi intervening militarily.
Published: Sat May 20 10:55:16 EDT 2000
Lankan soldiers repulse
fresh rebel push
Times of India, May19.
Sri Lankan soldiers repulsed a
rebel attack close to northern Jaffna city, said
a government official on Saturday as rebels
claimed they disrupted the military's main
supply points in continued artillery attacks.
The fighting left 17 guerrillas and nine
soldiers dead and 19 soldiers wounded.
Published: Sat May 20 10:52:25 EDT 2000
Special Parliamentary group to tour Europe
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.10 p.m. SLT Saturday May 20.
A special group of Sri Lankan Parliamentarians is to tour Europe next week
in order to convince European Governments to ban the Tamil Tigers, waging a
bloody battle at Sri Lanka's northern front.
The group will consist of Members of Parliament from both the Peoples
Alliance and the United National Party.
A spokesman for the group asserted that the time is opportune for such a
tour and will help unite all politicians from different divides to come
together as the nation faces its present crisis.
Published: Sat May 20 02:13:27 EDT 2000
LTTE asks Lankan soldiers in Jaffna to surrender
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.15 a.m. SLT Saturday May 20.
In a press release issued from its London office Friday evening, the Tigers
asked all soldiers in Jaffna's embattled war zone to surrender, promising
to hand over troops to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
within 24 hours of them laying down arms.
The Tiger statement issued soon after the Bishop of Jaffna, Thomas
Saundaranayagam made a similar appeal for the government to heed a rebel
call for a ceasefire, says, "As a genuine endeavour to avoid the continuing
bloodbath and to bring an end to the escalating violence and war, the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has made a fervent appeal today to
thousands of Sri Lankan soldiers entrapped in the Jaffna peninsula to lay
down arms and surrender. The LTTE has pledged that those who lay down arms
will be treated with dignity and honour and handed over to the protection
of the International Committee of the Red Cross within 24 hours."
The call for surrender according to the rebels is being announced by loud
speakers at different battlefronts in the northern theatre of war and also
by the Voice of Tigers radio. The LTTE have given a week for Lankan
soldiers to lay down arms and surrender.
The government however is on record as stating that it will "fight to the
last man in order to hold Jaffna."
Meanwhile the rebel statement further says that it is also making
consistent appeals to the Tamil civilian masses to move to safe areas from
battle zones allocating specific locations in Valigamam West and
Vadamarachi division of the Jaffna peninsula.
Published: Sat May 20 01:44:41 EDT 2000
Heavy fighting directed at Chavakacheri
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.25 am SLT Saturday May 20.
While the government yesterday suspended all civilian sea and air transport
to and from Jaffna, heavy fighting continued to rage in the area of Palaly
and Kankasanthurai (KKS) Harbour. The LTTE yesterday claimed to have taken
" military bases at Kaithady, advanced further deep into Chavakachcheri
sector last night, bringing vast tracts of territory under their control."
The Tigers claim that areas of Madduvil and Sarasali have fallen to the
LTTE. Heavy fighting the rebels say is still raging at the strategically
crucial Sarasali junction.
The LTTE meanwhile allege they have been appealing to the Tamil civilians
in the Chavakachcheri sector to move to areas of safety.
Published: Sat May 20 01:44:41 EDT 2000
Top level Norwegian delegation due in Sri Lanka next week
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.30 a.m. SLT Saturday May 20.
Norway, which is acting as a facilitator for proposed talks between the
government and the LTTE said yesterday that a top level three member
delegation will visit Colombo next week for discussions.
The delegation will be led by the new Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister,
Mr. Raymond Johansen. He will be accompanied by Special Advisor, Mr. Evik
Solheim and Executive Officer Ms. Kjersti Tromsdal.
Scheduled to arrive on Monday May 22, the delegation will meet with
President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge, Foreign Minister Lakshman
Kadirgamar and Opposition Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The discussions are expected to cover the present war situation, examine
whether there is any possibility of starting talks with the LTTE as earlier
envisaged and what role India could play in such talks.
Published: Sat May 20 01:44:41 EDT 2000
Parliament meets minus the press and hansard
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.35 a.m. SLT Saturday May 20.
Weekly sittings of Parliament will be held minus the media and Hansard
reporters. The government is responding to a request by the United
National Party to hold weekly sessions in order that the opposition may be
briefed on the progress of the war. The government Chief Whip W. J. M.
Lokubandara is reported to be yet working out the modalities of these
sessions but has agreed with the State to exclude all media personnel
including Hansard reporters.
Published: Sat May 20 01:44:41 EDT 2000
India must sell weapons to Sri Lanka: CPI (M)
In a stand contrary to the other regional parties in Tamil Nadu, who have
been advocating no support to the Sri Lankan government
in terms of
arms or ammunition, the CPI (M) said that India should
go ahead and
allow commercial sale of weaponry. Reports of China and
planning to sell weapons to Sri Lanka, has further
stand. R Umanath, CPI (M) Politburo member said, "All
requested by the Sri Lankan government including sale
of weapons must
be agreed too, must be responded to."
Published: Sat May 20 01:01:14 EDT 2000
Shiv Sena reaffirms support to Tamils in Sri
Shiv Sena today reaffirmed its
support to the cause of Tamils in Sri Lanka with senior
leader and Union Heavy Industries Minister Manohar Joshi
reiterating his party's stand on the issue.
"Tamils in Sri Lanka are our brothers, we have to look after
them. This is our party's (Shiv Sena) stand," Joshi told
Published: Sat May 20 00:46:14 EDT 2000
Sri Lanka rebels say Jaffna airbase,
Tamil Tiger rebels
said artillery shelling had crippled the
government's air base and sea port in
Jaffna, sealing off crucial supply routes
for some 30,000 troops penned in on
the war-scarred northern peninsula.
Published: Sat May 20 00:40:53 EDT 2000
LTTE says war can end if Sri Lankan soldiers surrender
With the LTTE continuing with its claim of attacking
the Palali airbase in Jaffna, it has
now made its first
offer for any solution to end the
present conflict. The
LTTE has appealed to thousands of the
soldiers trapped in Jaffna to
surrender and if they do
-- the violence can end.The call
for surrender is being announced by loud speakers at
different battlefronts in the Jaffna theatre of war and
also by the Voice
of Tigers radio.
Published: Fri May 19 23:03:43 EDT 2000
Tamil Tiger rebels close in on
There is no land route available southwards and if the
airport were disabled the only way in or out of the
peninsula would be two ports, both vulnerable to
by the rebels' seaborne division. The rebel tactics
included ramming naval vessels with boats packed with
explosives. An aid worker returning to London from
town says people there are talking of when, not
Published: Fri May 19 22:59:21 EDT 2000
Meet on May 22 to finalise party stand on Sri
Indian Express, May19.
The BJP President Kushabhau
Thakre would meet top leaders of the Tamil Nadu unit at
Chennai on May 22 to finalise the party's stand on the Sri
Lankan issue,state BJP president Dr S P Kripanidhi said
today, reports PTI. However, the state unit would fully
endorse the stand taken
by the Vajpayee government on the matter, he told reporters
Published: Fri May 19 22:18:31 EDT 2000
Arjun Singh's LTTE, RSS connections -- Dr Subramanian Swamy's book
The nation must move on now to discover those in the 'higher places' in
whom the LTTE had depended all these years for the vicious and sinister
disinformation campaign to try and
get off the hook," says Dr Swamy and adds: "These persons may not be
conspirators in the murder, but they
certainly are guilty of impending the investigation and attempting to
confound the evidence."Dr Swamy says the disinformation campaign was
deliberate to derail first the investigations and then the court
trial and points out that "even after the trial court judgment found the
LTTR guilty, the disinformation
machine began spinning out a new line: LTTE plus who ? -- to mitigate the
LTTE perfidy." The Supreme
Court judgment devastated that attempt.
Published: Fri May 19 22:03:18 EDT 2000
Jaffna may slip out of army
Times of India, May20.
Military officials reached by
telephone said the port was not damaged, but
said it was alarming that it was within the rebels'
artillery range.Military experts said the fall of
Jaffna was likely within the next week. Analysts
say that the sharp fall in the morale of the Sri
Lankan forces and the unplanned retreats taken
by them, may hasten the fall of this
northeastern, capital town.
Published: Fri May 19 20:50:55 EDT 2000
Tigers press attack to cut off
The Age, May 20.
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels claimed yesterday to have
control over two strategic roads leading into Jaffna and were
shelling the military's only airport in the region to cut off
supplies for 40,000 troops defending the northern Jaffna
peninsula. At least 102 soldiers have died in the past 24
hours, the Voice
of Tigers radio, monitored in the northern Sri Lankan town of
Vavuniya, said. But the Sri Lankan Government admitted to
only 24 wounded.
Published: Fri May 19 20:46:17 EDT 2000
Sea route to Jaffna blocked, Tamil rebels
Virtual NY, May 19.
Separatist Tamil rebels said Friday they
have blocked the sea route to Sri Lanka's embattled northern Jaffna
peninsula and that they have shelled the sole government military airstrip
in the region.According to reports, rebel shells exploded in the vicinity
of the port
and the sprawling Palaly military base. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
said the Sri Lankan government canceled ships to the Kankesanthurai port in
Jaffna due to security concerns.
Published: Fri May 19 20:42:15 EDT 2000
A journey on the spice
National Post, May 11.
"Sri Lankan is the original curry," says Kumar. "It is
red in colour because we make it with chili. The
curries of China and South India are yellow because
they use a lot of turmeric. "Sri Lankan curry is
you can feel it, but it is a deep heat; it won't
like hot pepper, so you can taste what you eat."
Published: Fri May 19 20:30:58 EDT 2000
Lanka govt denies LTTE claims on Kaithady
COLOMBO, May 19 (PTI).
The Sri Lankan government today refuted the LTTE`s claims that it had
captured Kaithady, a suburb of
Jaffna town, two days ago and asserted that its defence flights carrying
food and weapons supplies to
troops continued to land at the peninsula`s only airbase at Palaly.
The Israel-made Kfir fighter bombers, which fly in high altitude, continued
to maintain vigil to locate LTTE
artillery guns. The army at present has no idea from where the LTTE was
firing the shells. There was also
confusion whether the shells fired by the rebels were from artillery or
mortars. The LTTE is believed to
have one 122 mm artillery gun, captured from the army in one of the recent
Published: Fri May 19 19:42:03 EDT 2000
Press censorship debate hots
up in Sri Lanka
The Asian Age, May19.
As Sri Lanka's Supreme Court rejected an appeal
against press censorship, an office vested with
powers to curb the media served a "final warning"
on perceived violations to a private television
channel.Director of Information Ariya Rubasinghe, who
acts as the competent authority, warned Nimal
Perera, news editor of Teleshan Network Limited,
that his latest warning, his third, would be final. He
would be questioned by the police and subjected
to legal action for any more violations, Perera was
Published: Fri May 19 19:36:37 EDT 2000
Tigers close in on Palali
The Pioneer, May20.
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's (LTTE) creeping advance in the
Jaffna peninsula seems aimed at keeping civilian casualties
ultimately using the trapped Sri Lankan troops as a
bargaining chip in
negotiations with Colombo.According to sources in touch
with the situation in north Sri Lanka, the
fighting is likely to drag on for a while, as the LTTE has
Palali and Point Pedro - as its strategic objectives. The
LTTE's gameplan is
tempered by its desire not to trigger panic, or an exodus.
Published: Fri May 19 19:22:42 EDT 2000
1500 Army deserters re-join duty
Indian Express, May19.
Sri Lankan army, which has declared yet
another amnesty for its deserters to rejoin the ranks, today
said over 1500 deserters have reported for their duties during
the past few days, reports PTI. The response to the new
amnesty is good, State radio,
quoting army officials, said.
Published: Fri May 19 19:10:56 EDT 2000
Lanka expects psychological boost from
Indian Express, Colombo, May 19.
MOST SRI Lankans expect the coming of Indian "Super Cop" K.P.S.
Gill to give the beleaguered government and people a "psychological
boost". But, experts wonder if the experience of the man who
terrorism in Punjab will be relevant in tackling the LTTE, which
different ball game altogether.
Published: Fri May 19 18:40:30 EDT 2000
Grim situation confronts Jaffna
Indian Express, May19.
With fighting between the Sri Lankan Army
and the LTTE reaching the suburbs, a grim humanitarian
situation confronted the Jaffna town with 75 per cent of its
two lakh civilian population already fleeing to safer areas in
the Peninsula, aid agencies said here today, reports PTI.
Published: Fri May 19 18:34:19 EDT 2000
LTTE 'human waves' repulsed: Colombo
In the latest phase LTTE's `Operation Unceasing Waves-III,' offensives
by the Tigers at Sri Lankan defence positions at Kaithady were
``repulsed'', the Government Situation Report said. ``Terrorists in strength
assaulted defensive positions of the security forces at Kaithady around
noon. Troops fought back effectively to repulse many human waves of the
LTTE.'' Quoting ``ground troops'', the Government said ``eight officers
and 36 soldiers were wounded during the confrontation'' and that terrorists
had suffered ``heavy casualties''.
Published: Fri May 19 18:34:13 EDT 2000
'Role will thrust itself on India'
Hindu, May 19.
The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Mr. Lakshman
Kadirgamar, feels that events may force India to play a role in the Sri
Lankan conflict. ``It (India) is gearing itself up for assuming a role,
one that might even be
thrust upon it by events,'' he said in an interview to Outlook, excerpts of
which were put out in a release by the weekly magazine.
Published: Fri May 19 18:24:58 EDT 2000
India, France discuss strife in Sri Lanka
Hindu, May 19.
expanding strategic cooperation, India
and France today discussed the
situation in strife-torn Sri Lanka and
identified common threats to maritime
security in the Indian Ocean area. The exchange of views on Sri Lanka
between the two sides assumes
importance in the light of the France's prominence in the European Union
(E.U.), one of the key players in resolving the Sri Lankan crisis.
Published: Fri May 19 18:22:08 EDT 2000
Human waves assault army lines, Sri Lanka rejects air base
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels Friday used human waves to launch an
abortive attack against troops, the
government here said amid reports that the main air base in the region was
being shelled.Security forces repulsed repeated attempts by the separatist
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
rebels to breach military front lines at Kaithady in the Jaffna peninsula,
the government said in a statement.It said eight officers and 35 soldiers
were wounded in fighting since early Friday. The government said
"terrorists suffered a large number of casualties" but did not say how many
were killed or wounded.
Published: Fri May 19 18:06:51 EDT 2000
Renewed LTTE attack repulsed, govt sends in latest
India Today, May 19, 2000, Colombo.
Sri Lankan troops effectively repulsed “waves” of
the LTTE at Kaitdai in Ariyali sector on Friday morning even as four
soldiers were killed and 65 injured in the fighting in Jaffna peninsula,
a government spokesman said.
Published: Fri May 19 16:44:25 EDT 2000
Jaffna defences shored up
BBC, Friday, 19 May, 2000, 11:36 GMT 12:36 UK.
New weapons' systems have been sent to beleaguered Sri Lankan
troops at an airbase in northern Jaffna.
A spokesman for the Sri Lankan Government said the systems
would be operational very soon, but gave no details
Published: Fri May 19 14:24:35 EDT 2000
Tamil rebels shell port, ask Sri
Lankan soldiers to surrender
MSNBC, May 19.
rebels shelled the outskirts of Jaffna's
main port today, as the Sri Lankan air
force bombed guerrilla artillery targeting
the only military airport in the northern
peninsula. Two artillery shells fell near the Kankesanturai
three miles west of Palali air base, which has been hit by more
than 10 shells the past two days. Targeting the port broadened
the guerrilla offensive.
Published: Fri May 19 13:23:12 EDT 2000
Tamil Rebels Set To Take Jaffna
KRISHNAN GURUSWAMY, Associated Press Writer, 4:12 PM ET Thursday May 18.
NEW DELHI, India (AP) - Tamil rebels said Thursday they had seized control
of two strategic roads into Jaffna and were attacking the Sri Lankan
military's only airport in the region to cut supplies to 40,000 troops
defending the northern peninsula.
The clandestine Voice of Tigers Radio station said seven Sri Lankan soldiers
were killed in the artillery attack on Palali airport, built by Britain when
they ruled Sri Lanka, then called Ceylon.
``Our fighters are closing in and we will take the decisive action to take
Jaffna soon,'' the station said in the broadcast, monitored in the northern
town of Vavuniya.
If the air base falls, the 40,000 government troops and support staff will
be trapped with nowhere to go in the northern Jaffna Peninsula, which the
Tamils want as part of a homeland.
Earlier Thursday, the Voice of Tigers radio said at least 102 soldiers were
killed in the past 24 hours. The government has said only 24 were wounded.
Details of damage or casualties were not immediately known, and journalists
were barred from the battle areas. But sources close to the rebels said one
shell fell on a military hospital.
Military officials confirmed the attack on the air base, but declined to
Earlier, the rebels said they had captured the strategic Kaithady air base,
two miles east of Jaffna, which the rebels controlled from 1990-1995, when
they lost it after a 50-day war.
``Kaithady garrison town, with its heavily fortified military bases, fell to
the fighting formations of the Liberation Tigers after 12 hours of ferocious
combat,'' the rebels said on their Web site.
There was no independent confirmation of the report.
The rebels also claimed they had won control of two roads leading into
Jaffna, but the government denied it had lost control of the roads.
However, it said security forces had withdrawn their defenses from yet
another area near Jaffna, at Ariyalai about three miles southeast of the
The rapid rebel advance to encircle Jaffna prompted the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees to express concern for the safety of the city's
``The military situation has put civilians at great risk and has already
caused casualties among the people of Jaffna,'' High Commissioner Sadako
Ogata said in a statement from Geneva.
``I am appealing to all parties to ensure that civilians are protected from
the escalating hostilities. They must be allowed to move to areas considered
safe,'' she said.
The Indian Navy has rescued scores of Sri Lankans who fled the fighting in
boats across the narrow Palk Strait that separates Sri Lanka from southern
The UNHCR said in a statement that about 400 Sri Lankan refugees had arrived
in India since the fighting intensified in Jaffna last month. India already
has some 100,000 refugees from Sri Lanka.
The minority Tamils claim they face discrimination from the Sinhalese
majority, which controls the government and the military. The rebels are
trying to establish a homeland in the north and east for the country's 3.2
million minority Tamils. The 17-year war has killed more than 62,000 people.
Published: Fri May 19 12:16:52 EDT 2000
Lankan Govt. seeks Opposition leader's apology
Demanding an apology from the United National Party (UNP)
leader for telling the BBC that the LTTE have entered the town,
even when it was well protected by troops, Media Minister,
Mangala Samaraweera, in a statement said Wickramasinghe's
remarks were aimed at demoralising the soldiers who were fighting
hard to beat back the LTTE offensive in the Jaffna peninsula.
Published: Fri May 19 11:12:58 EDT 2000
Norwegian deputy foreign minister to
visit Sri Lanka
MSNBC, May 19.
to broker a peace accord in Sri Lanka, is
sending senior officials to Colombo next
week for discussions on the escalation in
fighting in the country's north, the
Norwegian embassy in Colombo said on
Friday. The statement said the Norwegian team would meet
President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Foreign Minister Lakshman
Kadirgamar and Ranil Wickremesinghe, leader of the main
opposition United National party, during the three-day visit.
Published: Fri May 19 10:56:22 EDT 2000
The Battle for Jaffna
Sri Lanka's military has faced its worst setbacks in the last month since
the battle for
a separate Tamil homeland began in 1983. Beleagured troops are engaged in
savage fighting with the LTTE about 30 km from Jaffna, which was wrested
control in 1996. For most of the 1980s, the army was confined to Jaffna
Fort, so if the
town of 50,000 falls, it could be argued this is no more than back to
Published: Fri May 19 08:54:01 EDT 2000
The Anti View: Don't Betray
the Sri Lankan Tamil - A commentry by PANRUTTI S. RAMACHANDRAN
To those who say that the LTTE's recapture of Jaffna will
be a boost to the secessionist elements in Tamil Nadu I
say this is utterly stupid. The LTTE had controlled Jaffna
earlier too. Furthermore to enthuse 6 Crore Tamils in
Tamil Nadu to separate from the Indian Union -- to raise
this bogey is a covert operation by anti-Tamil forces, out
to exploit the situation.
Published: Fri May 19 08:49:10 EDT 2000
I Don't Understand- A commentry by Cho Ramaswamy
But the Government has made one thing very clear: the
creation of Eelam, will be against the interests of India. In
the same breadth it has expressed its determination not
to do anything to prevent an Eelam being born. Then does
the Government plan to ensure the continuance of an
undivided Sri Lanka which it cherishes? I don't
understand. Perhaps the Government is thinking of the
holding of mass prayers across the country, for the
prevention of the division of the neighbouring island
Published: Fri May 19 08:46:10 EDT 2000
Lanka seeks Gill's services to combat
The Sri Lankan government has
invited former Punjab police chief, K. P. S. Gill to advise it
on anti-terrorist measures, particularly in Colombo.While Gill, credited
with crushing terrorism in Punjab,
declined to divulge the exact nature of the new
assignment, Colombo is believed to have sought his
assistance in strengthening security measures for VVIPs
in Colombo, where the separatist Tamil outfit had
successfully carried out several assassinations and
suicide attacks in the past.
Published: Fri May 19 08:42:32 EDT 2000
Chennai Tamils, even journalists, flock to
the Net for war updates
Saravanan talks authoritatively on 'Operation Unceasing
Waves III', the LTTE's code name for the operation to
wrest Jaffna from the Sri Lanka. It gives him a kick to
know that the LTTE is closing in on Jaffna, much before
the rest of the world will know about it. "I need not wait for
the morning papers to tell me this. By the time I get them,
the ground has changed and they look dated," says
Published: Fri May 19 08:37:55 EDT 2000
Ramadoss against military aid to Sri
High-ranking Canadian diplomats in
New Delhi and Islamabad on Thursday met MDMK chief,
Vaiko for about 75 minutes during which the Sri Lankan
crisis was discussed.'I am convinced that the diplomats went away with better
appreciation of the cause for which the Tamils are
fighting,'' Vaiko said.
Published: Fri May 19 08:34:08 EDT 2000
Ramadoss against military aid to Sri
S. Ramadoss, founder of the Pattali
Makkal Katchi, a constituent of the ruling National
Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre, urged the Union
Government on Thursday to turn down any request for
military assistance from Sri Lanka. In a statement, he said the visit of
Sri Lankan Armed
Forces Chief of Staff Gen Rohana De'Silve Daluvatte to
India when a fierce battle was going on in Sri Lanka, was
intriguing. The purpose of his visit required an explanation,
Published: Fri May 19 08:31:28 EDT 2000
12 arrested in connection with plot to
assassinate Lanka ministers
Sri Lankan police have recovered
120 kilograms of explosives and arrested 12 suspected
Tamil Tiger rebels allegedly linked to an assassination
plot, the state-run daily news reported on Friday."The 12 LTTE suspects
now under police custody have
revealed that they were assigned to assassinate several
cabinet ministers, Tamil politicians and senior police
Published: Fri May 19 08:29:08 EDT 2000
Tamil Rebels Ask Sri Lanka Govt Soldiers To Surrender
Yahoo-AP, May 19.
Tamil Tiger rebels Friday asked government soldiers defending the northern
city of Jaffna
to surrender even as the Sri Lankan air force bombed suspected guerrilla
artillery positions outside the city. The call over their clandestine Voice
of Tigers Radio came a week after the government rejected a rebel
cease-fire offer to allow the withdrawal of nearly 40,000 soldiers
defending Jaffna, the former capital of the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
Published: Fri May 19 08:25:30 EDT 2000
Tamil Tiger Rebels 'Ethnically Cleanse' Parts of
LA Times, May 19.
As Tamil separatists
sweep toward victory on the
battlefield, they are beginning
to cleanse their land of the people
who were once their
neighbors. The Tigers are bombing
schools, wrecking Buddhist
temples and shooting civilians in a
campaign to force
thousands of ethnic Sinhalese from
their homes."They want us to leave, but we have nowhere to go,"
said Kadirathage Ran Keranhamy, a
Sinhalese rice farmer
whose 21-year-old son was kidnapped
Saturday by Tiger
guerrillas. "We are brothers. Why
are they doing this to
Published: Fri May 19 08:22:30 EDT 2000
Head of LTTE's radio service dead: Sri
India Today, May19.
The head of the LTTE's clandestine
radio "Voice of Tigers" has succumbed to injuries
suffered during the recent bombing of the rebel
communication tower at north-west Poonneryn, Sri Lankan
official media claimed on Friday.ayneshan Sundhakaran reportedly died at
hospital in the LTTE controlled northern Vanni on
Thrursday. However, the LTTE has not confirmed his
Published: Fri May 19 08:19:20 EDT 2000
Jaffna defences shored
BBC, Friday, 19 May, 2000, 11:36 GMT 12:36 UK.
New weapons' systems have been sent to
beleaguered Sri Lankan troops at an airbase
in northern Jaffna.Truckloads of pro-government reinforcements
were seen heading for the area, near a town
called Mile 91.
Published: Fri May 19 08:15:39 EDT 2000
Sri Lankan Air Force intensifies bombing on LTTE positions
The Sri Lankan Air Force intensified bombing on suspected Tamil Tiger
today to prevent guerrilla attacks on the Palali
airbase in the northern Jaffna Peninsula.The Sri Lankan government has also
denied reports that it has lost control of the roads, but
admitted that its security forces had shifted their
defences to another area in the vicinity of
Published: Fri May 19 08:11:04 EDT 2000
Karunanidhi meets PM to discuss developments in Sri Lanka
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr. M Karunanidhi today met with Prime Minster
Vajpayee and reportedly discussed Sri Lankan
developments with him but no details of the
meeting have been made available.
Published: Fri May 19 08:09:30 EDT 2000
Tamil Rebels Mount Fresh Attacks in Jaffna
Tamil Tiger rebels mounted fresh attacks on the army in
northern Jaffna on Friday as Sri Lanka said it had rushed in new weapons
beleaguered troops.A government statement in Colombo said the Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam
(LTTE) rebels had launched a huge attack on the ''defensive positions''
of the army
at Kaithadi early on Friday.
Published: Fri May 19 08:06:51 EDT 2000
S.Lanka Sends Weapons to Jaffna, Hunts for
The Sri Lankan government on Friday delivered new
weapons to beleaguered troops in northern Jaffna and continued searching for
Tamil Tiger infiltrators after shells were fired at the only air base on
the peninsula.The statement from the Special Media Information Centre did
not detail the new
weapons systems, but said they would ``become operational very shortly.''
Published: Fri May 19 08:04:42 EDT 2000
Malaysian Sri Lankans Urge Govt to Start Peace Talks
Yahoo, Friday, May 19 5:18 PM SGT.
The Malaysian Ceylonese Congress (MCC) has urged the government
to initiate peace talks to end the escalating war in the northern and
northeastern provinces of Sri Lanka. Its president, Dr M Thuraiappah, said
it was about time that the government, with its vast experience in guiding
democracy and peace among its people, showed the way on how people could
live in peace.Thuraiappah also said that third parties, who are aiding the
war machinery on both sides, should stop doing so
immediately and the Sri Lankan government should call for an immediate
cease-fire for the sake of lives and
Published: Fri May 19 07:57:15 EDT 2000
Sri Lanka war proving more costly than ever
Yahoo, May 19.
Sri Lanka unveiled its budget this year banking on peace, but three months
later Tiger rebels have turned the
tables on government troops and busted the balance sheet.
Three days after the budget was present by President Chandrika Kumaratunga,
treasury chief P. B. Jayasundara
explained the document was designed to push a Norwegian-backed peace
bid.Jayasundara had said the government's allocation of 706 million US
dollars for defence this year was
comparable to the amount spent in 1999, and no new military initiatives
Published: Fri May 19 07:55:03 EDT 2000
Jaffna Bishop asks Lankan President to heed Tiger call
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 3.20 p.m. SLT Friday May 19.
Thomas Saundaranayagam, Bishop for Jaffna, in a statement issued today, has
asked for President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge to heed a rebel
offer for a ceasefire and stop the ongoing offensive in the northern
Bishop Saundaranayagam has reiterated that the government should begin a
dialogue to find a political end to the escalating crisis and thus save
thousands of lives presently endangered by the fire of both, Lankan troops
and Tamil Tiger rebels.
Published: Fri May 19 05:47:39 EDT 2000
Passenger ship to Jaffna cancelled
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 3.30 p.m. SLT Friday May 19.
Tamil news services today reported that a passenger ship which was to leave
this morning for Jaffna with some 350 on board was stopped from doing so
due to the prevailing security situation in the north.
The ship was prevented from leaving as it was scheduled to berth at
Jaffna's northern Kankasenthurai Harbour (KKS) located within the Palaly
The LTTE have claimed since Wednesday to have fired heavy artillery into
the military base at Palaly and destroyed its main communication tower and
hit the air strip. 8 soldiers are reported to have been killed as a
result. Military spokesman, Brigadier Palitha Fernando however told Lacnet
today that rebel fire fell within the "general area of Palaly but did not
hit the mlitary base."
The last passenger ship to Jaffna sailed on April 1 this year. Several
thousand civilians are reported to be waiting passage from Sri Lanka's
Eastern port Trincomalee to Jaffna's northern harbour at Kankasanthurai.
Published: Fri May 19 05:47:39 EDT 2000
Army denies LTTE claim of hitting Palaly military base
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.40 a.m. SLT Friday May 19 .
Brigadier Palitha Fernando, Spokesman, for The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) today
denied claims by the Tigers last evening which said the rebels had hit the
main communications tower and air strip at Palaly's military base. Palaly
is the biggest armed forces base in the North next to the garrison which
fell at Elephant Pass.
Brigadier Fernando reiterated that the LTTE had fired some mortars into the
general area of Palaly yesterday, but insisted, "none fell within the
The Voice of Tigers in a radio broadcast last evening however said, the
LTTE had fired heavy artillery which hit the main communications tower at
the Palaly military base killing two policeman on duty while artillery fire
also hit the forces northern air strip.
Independent sources asserted that Sri Lanka Airforce flights into Palaly
were suspended for a brief period of time as a result.
Published: Fri May 19 02:09:36 EDT 2000
LTTE claims to have overrun military base at Kaithaday
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.50 a.m. SLT Friday May 19.
The Tigers, Wednesday evening (May 17), claimed to have overrun a strategic
military base at Kaithday, in Sri Lanka's embattled North. The rebel
statement released from its London office said, over one hundred Sri Lankan
troops have been killed and several hundreds injured when heavily armed
commando units of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) stormed into
the defence lines and overran the military complex at Kaithady late evening.
Brigadier Palitha Fernando, Military Spokesman refuted this claim saying
there was no big military base at Kaithaday, "only some troop deployments."
The Brigadier said that as a result of the fighting in this area 8
Officers and 36 soldiers were wounded. "None were killed" he added.
The LTTE meanwhile stated, "Strategically important Kaithady garrison town
with its heavily fortified military bases fell to the fighting formations
of the Liberation Tigers after 12 hours of ferocious combat. Situated about
5 kilometres at the entrance of the Jaffna city, Kaithady formed the buffer
zone with crucial supply routes to the government troops based in Jaffna
city and Palaly airport. The A9 highway linking Navatkuli bridge and the
main Kopay Road that cuts through Kaithady, have been brought under the
control of the LTTE."
Brigadier Fernando said there is no truth to this claim of the rebels that
the Navatkuli bridge is now under Tiger control.
Meanwhile fighting is reported to continue in the outskirts of Jaffna's
coastal areas. The LTTE has also denied accusations by the government
which say the rebels have been pounding artillery and mortar shells on
heavily populated areas.
Published: Fri May 19 02:09:36 EDT 2000
The Hardest of Options - A Commentry
The absurdity of this position has not struck either Atal Behari
Vajpayee or Jaswant Singh. If India will not help Sri Lanka
and if Sri
Lanka does not get any help from outside, why should the LTTE,
which is on the verge of a victory in Jaffna anyway, agree
a peace which falls short of the Eelam for which it has
fought for the
last 20 years? It also does not seem to have struck New
Delhi that the
position it has taken implicitly favours the LTTE, an
the US has branded as terrorist; that planned and carried
assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and whose leaders have arrest
warrants out for them in India. Lastly, while New Delhi's
desire to be
accepted as the regional power is not new, it does not seem
crossed Singh's mind that power can't be divorced from
responsibility. If it ignores Sri Lanka's call for help in
a cause just and
vital to India's own interest, it will forfeit all claim to
Published: Fri May 19 00:01:40 EDT 2000