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Mr. President, What Happened To The LTTE Cadres Who Surrendered To The Army At Vadduvakal On May 18, 2009?

By Veluppillai Thangavelu

Veluppillai Thangavelu

Hon.Maithripala Sirisena
President
Presidential Secretariat
Galle Face,
Colombo 01. 

What Happened to the LTTE Cadres Who Surrendered to the Army at Vadduvakal on May 18, 2009?

Your Excellency,

The UN Human Rights Council had adopted Resolution No.30/1 of October 01, 2015  and co-sponsored by Sri Lanka that called for an international investigation into war crimes with foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators. Clause 6 of Resolution 30/1, inter-alia,  states as follows:

‘Welcomes the recognition by the Government of Sri Lanka that accountability is essential to uphold the rule of law and to build confidence in the people of all communities of Sri Lanka  in the justice system, notes with appreciation the proposal of the Government of Sri Lanka to establish a judicial mechanism with a special counsel to investigate allegations of violations  and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, as applicable; affirms that a credible justice process should include independent judicial and prosecutorial institutions led by individuals known for their integrity and impartiality; and also affirms in this regard the importance of participation in a Sri Lankan judicial mechanism, including the special counsel’s office, of Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defence lawyers and authorized prosecutors and investigators.’

Despite the fact that Sri Lanka co-sponsored Resolution 30/1, the President, as well as the Prime Minister, has stated publically that Sri Lanka’s constitution does not permit foreign judges to operate in the country. This raises the question of why Sri Lanka sponsored Resolution 30/1 in the first place?

“I have shown the strength of my backbone, two weeks ago, the UN Human Rights chief had said Sri Lanka must have international judges in the accountability mechanism. The following day, I had the guts to dismiss it,” you said while addressing the Executive Committee meeting of your Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) held here on March 03, 2017.

You have repeatedly claimed on public platforms that you have put an end to the arguments and discussions over the issue of bringing foreign judges for the proposed judicial mechanism to investigate the allegations of war crime and human rights violations by convincing the international authorities and its leaders that such process is not needed in Sri Lanka.

The International Truth and Justice Project is deeply concerned that Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena appears to be rolling back on his commitment in Geneva to include international involvement in a future judicial mechanism. In an interview with the BBC, the President reportedly stated, “I will never agree to international involvement in this matter.”

“We have more than enough specialists, experts and knowledgeable people in our country to solve our internal issues, this investigation should be internal and indigenous, without violating the laws of the country, and I believe in the judicial system and other relevant authorities in this regard.

“The international community need not worry about matters of state interest.  I will never agree to international involvement in this matter. This flies in the face of the recommendation of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that Sri Lankan establishes “an ad hoc hybrid special court, integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators”.

High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has been very clear about the “total failure of domestic mechanisms to conduct credible investigations” in Sri Lanka.

Though the President occasionally mentions about accountability and reconciliation between various communities, especially between the Tamils and Sinhalese, such political reconciliation is not possible unless members of the armed forces who committed war crimes are brought to justice.

“If communities that have been torn apart by decades of violence and impunity are to be reconciled, the Sri Lankan government should initiate internal reforms and seek international assistance to prevent ongoing violations and ensure real accountability for past abuses,” said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific director.

There have been numerous massacres of innocent Tamil civilians during the war that lasted for several decades. A senior Sri Lankan army commander and the frontline soldier told Channel 4 News that point-blank executions of Tamils at the end of the Sri Lankan civil war were carried out under orders. One frontline soldier said: “Yes, our commander ordered us to kill everyone. We killed everyone.” And a senior Sri Lankan army commander said: “Definitely, the order would have been to kill everybody and finish them off. I don’t think we wanted to keep any hardcore elements, so they were done away with. It is clear that such orders were, in fact, received from the top.”

The Human Rights Watch in a lengthy Q & A write-up on Human Rights stated as follows:

“Accountability for Violations of International Humanitarian Law in Sri Lanka stated, inter-alia, all parties to an armed conflict -both states and non-state armed groups -are responsible for complying with the requirements of international humanitarian law. That is, each party must respect and ensure respect for the laws of war by its armed forces and other persons or groups acting on its orders or under its direction or control. This obligation does not depend on reciprocity-parties to a conflict must respect the requirements whether or not the opposing side abides by it. It also does not depend on the reason for which the respective parties go to war, whether by a state (“fighting terrorism”) or an armed group (“ethnic homeland”). And all parties to an armed conflict must be held to the same standards, regardless of any disparity in the harm caused by alleged violations.

“A party to an armed conflict is responsible for serious violations of the laws of war committed by its armed forces and persons or entities acting under its authority, direction, or control. That responsibility, whether by a state or non-state actor, entails a requirement to make full reparations for the loss or injury caused; reparations can take the form of restitution (reestablishment of the prior situation), compensation (financial payment), or satisfaction (such as a formal apology or other action) to another state, entity, or individuals. As discussed below, states also have an obligation to hold accountable individuals under their control who are responsible for serious violations of the laws of war.

In this connection, I wish to draw your Excellency’s attention to the surrender of more than 200 LTTE cadres at Vadduvaakal on May 18, 2009 evening in the presence of several witnesses, including spouses, relatives and friends. The surrenders were told that they will be released after a short inquiry by the army. They were taken away in CTB buses including a Catholic priest Francis Joseph who accompanied the surrender. The whereabouts s of these LTTE cadres who surrendered on that fateful day is not known till now. Below is the partial list of LTTE cadres who were taken away on May 18, 2009.

(1)    K.V. Balakumar, journalist and his son Sooriyatheepan. A photograph showed both sitting on a bench in an army camp with a soldier seen walking behind.

(2) V. Ilankumaran (alias Baby Subramanian) Head of the TEED Department. His wife Vettrichchelvi and daughter Arivumathy.

(3) Yogaratnam Yogi in charge of ’Institute for Conflict Research’ in Vanni

(4) Poet Puthuvai Ratnadurai, Coordinator of LTTE Arts and Cultural Department

(5) K. Paappa, Coordinator LTTE Sports Department

(6) Rajah (Chempiyan) Assistant Coordinator LTTE Sports Department and his 3 children

(7) Ilanthirayan, LTTE Military spokesman

(8) Veerathevan, Coordinator LTTE Bank

(9) S.Thangkan, Political Wing Deputy Chief

(10) Aruna, Thamil Eela Education Department

(11) S. Naren, Asst. Executive Head of TRO

(12) Kuddy, Head of the LTTE Transport Department

(12) Piriyan, Head of Administrative Service Department and his family

(13) V. Poovannan, Head of the Administrative Service Division of the LTTE

(14) Thangaiah, Administrative Service Department

(15) Malaravan, Administrative Service Department

(16) Pakirathan, Administrative Service Department

(17) Reha, Head of LTTE Medical Division

(18) Selvarajah, Commander Manal Aru Head Quarters

(19) Bhaskaran, Commander Manal Aru Head Quarters

(20) Major Lawrance

(21) Major Kumaran

(22) Prabha, Batticaloa District Commander

(24) Rupan, Coordinator of Supplies

(25) Babu, Coordinator of Jewellery Business

(26) Ilamparithy, Executive Head of Political Wing

(27) Elilan, Head of Trincomalee Political Wing

(28) Vijitharan, Executive Secretary, Political Wing

(29) Major Veeman

(30) Sakthy, Coordinator Forestry Division and his family

(31) E.Ravi, Charge of Houses

(32) Sanjai, Mulliyavalai Divisional Political Wing Coordinator

(33) Para Ratha, Coordinator Justice Department

(34) Kumaravel, Coordinator Air Force Security

(35) Chithrankan Malathy, Commander Manal Aru District

(36) Suhi, Commander

(37) Arunan, Major Sea Tigers

(38) Manoj – Medical Department

(39) Lawrance, Finance Department

(40) Lawrance Thilakar, Coordinator TRO Planning Department

(41) Karikalan, former Commander, Eastern Province

Needless to remind the President that you were the acting Defence Minister during the last phase of the war that officially ended on May 19, 2009. More than anyone else, the President should know the fate of these LTTE cadres. If they are not in army camps then where are they now? If they are not among the living who gave orders to kill them?

The Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, Geneva July 27, 1929 was signed in Geneva.  It came into force on June 19, 1931. It is this version of the Geneva Convention which covered the treatment of prisoners of war during World War 11. It is the predecessor of the Third Geneva Convention in 1949.

Sri Lanka, a member of the UNO, is bound to comply with all Conventions, treaties and other sources of international law. Sri Lanka cannot pick and choose at its whims and fancies.

The UN Charter in its Preamble set an objective: “to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained”. Ever since, the development of, and respect for international law has been a key part of the work of the Organization.  This work is carried out in many ways – by courts, tribunals, multilateral treaties and by the Security Council.  These powers are given to it by the UN Charter, which is considered an international treaty.  As such, it is an instrument of international law, and the UN Member States are bound by it.  The UN Charter codifies the major principles of international relations, from sovereign equality of States to the prohibition of the use of force in international relations.

In November 2009, General Fonseka notified the government that America’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had sought his testimony in a probe into alleged human-rights violations by Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s defence secretary and a naturalised American citizen. General Fonseka was hastily flown back from America on the day the DHS interview was to have taken place.

Mahinda Rajapaksa an adroit manipulator openly admitted that he followed the Bush administration and fought “Bush’s war”.

According to the 68-page report presented by the US state department based on US embassy findings, satellite imagery and aid agencies accounts, painted a bleak picture of civilian life in a war zone under constant bombardment and where the death toll was rising. According to the UN and human rights groups, between 7,000 and 20,000 civilians were killed in the north-east between January and May. The Report also alleged that government forces shelled civilian populations, hospitals and schools in the rebel-controlled territory, often in areas that had been described by the authorities as no-fire zones.

General Sarath Fonseka, the former Sri Lankan army chief claimed that top government officials were responsible for war crimes during the final phases of the country’s 25-year civil war in 2009. Obviously, he was referring to former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. At the height of war, Gotabhaya claimed that hospitals are legitimate military targets.

Fonseka himself accused of commanding troops that committed war crimes and crimes against humanity had admitted that hospitals treating unarmed Tamils during the war had come under Sri Lanka military bombardment.

It is interesting to observe that two ex-army chiefs Sarath Fonseka and Jegath Jayasuriya traded accusations each claiming the other committed war crimes.

So there is mounting evidence that the armed forces fought the war by jettisoning UN conventions and rules governing conduct of wars.

Attempts by the President and the Prime Minister claiming that no war crimes were committed and war heroes will not be put on trial may fool the Sinhalese people, but it will not fool the international community.

Only an investigation into allegations of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian laws with foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators will clear the air.

Yours sincerely

Veluppillai Thangavelu

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    Wonder why Thanga didn’t include those 500 Pirahaparan ‘s Top Commanders who were in Puduthikurrppu which is next door to Nanthikadal…
    I remember reading in one Mr Jeyaraj’s Web Page then, that they were getting ready for a Dunkirk.in Mullative.

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “Wonder why Thanga didn’t include those 500 Pirahaparan ‘s Top Commanders who were in Puduthikurrppu which is next door to Nanthikadal…”

      Do you know how many of them are working for Military Intelligence, Gota, ……………….? The surviving members of Pottu Amman department switched their complete loyalty to Gota over night and directly in contact with him?

      Though you may be close to MR you may have to watch out for those Tamils who get closely acquainted with you. Your b***s are in their hand.

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    Saw this on another site and thought this was funny and after all we are speaking about politicians and terrorists.

    “A driver was stuck in a traffic jam on the road.

    Suddenly, a man knocks on the window.
    The driver rolls down the window and asks,”What’s going on?”
    “Terrorists have kidnapped all our politicians , and they’re asking for a $100 million dollar ransom.
    Otherwise, they’re going to douse them all in petrol and set them on fire. We’re going from car to car, collecting donations”.

    “How much is everyone giving, on an average?” the driver asks…

    The man replies, “Roughly 2 litres.””

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      Burt!

      A good one-but is it enough as they are hard nuts to BURN

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    The spineless president president is sniffing Gota’s ass . You can’t get anything out from him , he will remain dumb like a cunning fox . You wait and see this patholaya will do a last minute somersault like a grasshopper to join Gota, this time without hoppers. He is systematically destroying RW.

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      ROY: Ranil is one of the accuser in both Argentina, singapore and Malaysia getting Sri lankan money which they can not use in those countries. Probably it is possible that Mahinda Rajapakses’s girl friends wanted money too.

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      He better start sniffing Gota’s ass big time and as quickly as possible… he needs Gota the future President of this beautiful country.

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    Dear Thangavelu: You must be comfortable in the West. So why don’t you FIRST ASK TNA and the Overseas TIGER RUMP where the 600 policemen who were asked to surrendered are hidden? They were massacred when they surrendered under orders from Premedasa.

    YOU TAMIL TIGER TERRORISTS MASSACRED ALL OF THEM.

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      Tangamma,

      Yes, yes Gota got the man responsible for the massacre of the 600 Police men a fake passport under Kokila Gunawardene’s name and sent him to the UK to settle down. Sadly the Brits detected the ploy and sent the bugger back only for MR to appoint his as the Vice President of the SLFP and make him a Minister in the MR govt.

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    hope there will be a day when comments are of intellectual nature and based solely on the contents of the article without degrading the communities

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      Thanks, nadarajah.
      .
      I’m seeing your prayer just after posting something that I hope is on the lines you wish to see.

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    What happened to the surrendered cadres?…… last time I checked, most were in Toronto, Canada….. :)

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      Vis8

      ” last time I checked, most were in Toronto, Canada….. :)”.

      Good, could we have their contact details with their photographs.

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    Thangavelu can list the whole 12,000 LTTE surrendees and returned to the society. I don’t think he would do that…….

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      Helass

      ” I don’t think he would do that…….”

      Unfortunately I have to agree with you.
      However the state counted the 300,000 people in, recording their details, cross checking with their in house informers and old intelligence records.
      The question for donkeys is did they count them out?
      What was the discrepancy, can the war criminals explain such discrepancies?
      It was their responsibility and not any Tom, Dick and Harry’s.

      Is it too difficult for you and your fellow stupids to understand?

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        NV,

        What discrepancy are you talking about? The concocted numbers of LTTE backers? The rescue of 300,000 human shield and the rehabilitation of 12,000 surrendees are massive feats achieved by the then govt not found anywhere in the world in contemporary history of counter insurgency asymmetric warfare. The recent moving farewell given to Col. Ravi Priya Bandu by for LTTE cadre now rehabilitated is a huge testament to the humanitarian approach that SL govt and it’s forces took in meeting the challenge the country faced.

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          Helass

          You don’t seem to learn, use your common sense, knowledge, experience, arithmetic, …………………….. logic, ………………..

          Let the state publish the details of those who surrendered (A) to the armed forces and those who were released (B) from detention.

          If A – B > 1, the armed forces need to explain the difference.
          If A – B < 1, the armed forces have to explain the difference.

          If A – B = 0 What did armed forces do with new born children?

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            NV:
            Be serious. These guys cannot understand whats written in simple English and you trying to write formulas.

            :)

            You got to try something like a farmer: even Sillysena would understand.

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            NV,

            State has published the details of surrendees and those who were released. State has also published details of those who are in custody. State cannot provided details of those who were smuggled out of the country by Western embassies etc or whose remains could not be verified in battle grounds. You can ask Western embassies and local LTTE mentors to explain those.

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              Helass

              “State has published the details of surrendees and those who were released. State has also published details of those who are in custody.”

              If true please let me have a copy sent via CT.
              Or let us know where a copy can be obtained.
              Sri Lankan state never published the list of those people who surrendered nor those who were interned in the camps.

              “State cannot provided details of those who were smuggled out of the country by Western embassies etc or whose remains could not be verified in battle grounds. “

              You are typing for the sake of typing. There are many ways in which a person or persons could be traced anywhere in the world unless the person or persons are bumped off by Gota’s goons.
              Latest development in DNA technology can do wonders. International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has many years of experience tracing people.

              If you are an honourable person (I don’t think you are) you would campaign the state and government to release the details of detainees and those of whom were released.

              The JVP tried and failed to obtain those details.

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    Demalu talks only about incidences that happened after 1948 because they as aliens to this country do not know the history of Sinhale. Over a period of 2000 years, Demalu from Hindusthan came to Sinhale as invaders to colonize this country and massacred Sinhalayo, burnt down Sinhala villages, killed Buddhist monks, destroyed temples, burnt down Buddhist libraries, destroyed the irrigation system. Despite all the atrocities committed, Demalu could not colonize Sinhale because Sinhalayo fought back and chased them away. Present day Demalu are the descendants of kallathonis or slaves brought from Hindusthan by western colonial parasites.

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      Dear Eagle Eye,
      .
      What you have given is the Mahawamsa story. Please try to catch up on more recent writings that seem to make more sense.
      .
      Go to neutral websites: not what the lunatic fringe of the Tamils assert. Nor what our own scholars would like to be true. There can be little doubt that of all the languages now extant in the world, it is Tamil that can be traced back furthest.
      .
      The lunatic fringe will say that all languages in the world are derived from Tamil. This is nonsense. The oldest languages are probably lost without trace. Tamil couldn’t have got as far as the languages spoken by Native Americans – a group of people whose variety has been made extinct by the White Man Invaders. In more verifiable terms, the Germanic languages are unlikely to have been influenced.
      .
      The probability is that some of our ancestors spoke some now lost language reflected in what Vedahs today speak. Most others would have spoken Tamil, which, even 2,000 years ago was a highly developed language. All of that would have pre-dated Buddhism.
      .
      When Buddhism came, it would have been accepted by an island in which ALL INHABITANTS, bar some pure Vedahs, would have spoken Tamil. From this would have evolved Sinhalese.
      .
      Yes, a few exiles from North India (i.e. Vijaya’s band) may have come, but I feel that there is little of their blood coursing through our veins. In any case, weren’t they also “Kallathonis”?
      .
      What language would Gauthama Buddha have spoken? You tell me, please.
      .
      This is a serious well-written letter by Veluppillai Thangavelu; let’s ask Maithri to answer it.
      .
      No, I don’t see him as the primary culprit. And what you are reading are my random thoughts; they need refining.

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        I wish all Sinhalese were like you. Tamil definitely is not the oldest language in the world but the oldest living language in the world.

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          Dear RSS Sarma,
          .
          The situation in the country is bleak. Despite that Mr Thangavelu has written a restrained and well documented article.
          .
          The knee jerk nasty first response seemed to influence may others also to troll. I think that some of us writing using decent language has reduced the trolling, and made others also more constructive.
          .
          That is all that we can do, when it looks as though there is no decent National (equate to Sinhala!) leadership. Your comment which sort to reign in the more extravagant comments on the Tamil language contributed modestly (we shouldn’t imagine we can perform miracles). My own use of the word “extant” sought to limit greatness in the same way.
          .
          I’m sure that there are many, many, decent people among those who speak Tamil – we must find ways of supporting one another, so as to rebuild this country.

          .

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        Sinhala man thank you for your comment. Mind providing sources – pretty difficult to learn this stuff avoiding the politicized bs from both sides

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          Dear Another Sinhala Man,
          .
          I was very pleasantly surprised to find my comments being welcomed by other users of Sinhalese. A week ago, I inquired at Vijitha Yapa’s Majestic City branch, but they checked their interconnected computers and said that this book is not now available.

          http://tamilnation.co/books/Eelam/indrapala.htm
          .
          That review gives a pretty good idea of the reasoning in the book. I find the account outlined there more in accord with common sense than what we were taught. The Mahawamsa stories are interesting, and Sarachchandra’s Sinhabahu is brilliant theatre, but isn’t it all allegorical and mythological? However, the contents of this book may help us on this island understand our common heritage.
          .
          I rely here mainly on common sense, and what I have heard from scholars. No, this is not my subject; to prove it is beyond me, but I have found that many very intelligent people hold that this is the truth.
          .
          To say that it is a way of overcoming hostilities may follow, but the TRUTH cannot be what is convenient. Some have undergone DNA tests. I just look at my body, its skin colour..
          .
          I’m sorry that I can’t tell you more than what I feel. As for languages – they change with time. I’ve been teaching English all my life, actually and, that being a language we all have problems with, may I suggest you amuse yourself with this:
          .
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fxy6ZaMOq8
          .
          It may be we could share some of our ideas; my e-mail address is on this page, but I fear that you may find me a disappointment!

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            Dear Sinhala_Man, As usual you have been humble and practical. We don’t need others – historians – to decide our destiny for us. The resolution should come from within us.
            *
            Sinhalese and Tamils, Tamils and Sinhalese. Does the order matter? We are all citizens of Sri Lanka. We have been living in this land for generations. Let us believe in a culture of amity. When such men of goodwill gather together there is every chance for us to survive; if not even God cannot save us.

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      Eagle Eye I will take only one of your comments o prove your grounds not carrying recognisable proof.”destroyed the irrigation system’

      By this you seem to allude that the irrigation system was by the Sinhalese 9 Buddhist Sinhalese). If that is so, why did not the irrigation system not extend to the deep, south which itself was arid?

      Only explanation I can think of is that the irrigation system was handled by the South Indian artisans.They di not move south .

      even today fior finer craftmanship it is the Indian artisan who is brought down, even to carve Buddha statutes..

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        Upali Wickramasinghe,

        Good point. The South Indian rock carvers were world renowned. I went to Ethiopia where I saw evidence of South Indian carvings! It is only across the Park strait 28 miles!

        The Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinists created a meth that the Sinhala, language, culture and heritage are all a pure product of Sri Lanka. This is born out of inherent insecurity!

        Putin is doing the same thing to the Russians inculcating them with fantom greatness and for a long time they will dwell in their superiority.

        The Sinhala Buddhists have been inculcated with meth basically!

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    “Mr. President, What Happened To The LTTE Cadres Who Surrendered To The Army At Vadduvakal On May 18, 2009?” – My response: STUPID QUESTION. We all know the answer. They were blind-folded and shot and disposed along with other LTTE combatants that died during battle.

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      I heard PAbakakran was questioned thouroughly, then asked him to sing the National anthem and then he was shot.

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      Dear Thanos,
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      I think that the answer that you have given is correct. It may be sad, but this answer should be plainly and clearly given – officially by by the government. I’m not sure who exactly has to do this, but it is an important issue, and I think that the President and/or the Prime Minister should do so.
      .
      The question is not so stupid
      because various other answers have been given.
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      What should happen after that? We should allow all Sri Lankans to get on with their lives. Let anybody mourn the dead; let me take the most extreme example. Most of us think that Veluppilai Prabhakaran was a monster. Nobody can change the thoughts in my head. By the same token, we should recognise that he had relatives (that is easy enough), and people who admire him, and want to make a martyr out of him, with the ultimate aim of reviving the activities of the LTTE. I am sure that there are laws and regulations enough to ensure that such efforts are prevented.
      .
      There have been attempts to remember VP with vigils and meetings. Basically allow them, but again normal laws and regulations should apply. We should never have desecrated LTTE graves. Limits can certainly be placed on the size of monuments, but let us recognise that those “terrorists” were also human beings.
      .
      Having done so much let us get together voluntarily to rebuild Sri Lanka. Some may refuse to do so. Ignore them, provided they don’t break other laws.
      .
      That is my position on this.

      .

      .

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    Do you know why Wellala politicians want army out from North? Because Army personnel are doing a fantastic job by helping the low caste Demalu and empowering them. If this continues, Wellala Demalu will not be able to keep low caste Demalu under their feet. Instead of rising against Sinhalayo, the low caste Demalu will rise against Wellala Demalu.
    The farewell given to Col. Rathnapriya Bandu by the villagers at Vishwamadu, one time a tiger den would have shocked Wellala politicians who talk only about atrocities committed by Army during the military operation against LTTE terrorists. I am not surprised if our spineless duo bowed to the pressure from TNA to transfer Col. Ratnapriya Bandu from North.

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      Do you know the president discarded the propossal made by minister Swaminathan last week to help the war affected tamils in vanni as it will aid LTTE. But the army CSD can do this kind of works and get all good names. He will not allow special first minister’s fund to be established for helping those at need in north . The president not giving any tamil person place in the proposed northeast action committee? What all these indicate?
      All are premeditated actions to take sabotaged northern provincial council .eventough Colonal Ratnapriya have done so many goods this is purpouse why they gave been appointed.!
      NO GENUINE POWER SHARING BY SRILANKAN GOVERNMENT.
      Dont try to talk caste buiseness yaluwo which have gone to minimum nowadays what you try to ignite.

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    The godaya president does not understand matters relating to the law. The Tamil diaspora will soon bring actions against the commanders who were responsible for killing prisoners of war and civilians. There is nothing the dumbo can do about it. Why are the Sinhalese led by such dumb asses, guys who have been ripping of the state coffers and rooking the central bank. Even charity money was stolen by Mr Rajapukka. The husband stole the tsunami funds. They talk about a comeback. Only possible among the Sri Lankans. The SInhalayas vote in turn for the rogues. The Demalayas do as their crooked leaders tell them and the Muslims have ifthar parties with the killers of their kind.

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    Veluppillai Thangavelu
    A Political Has-Been of Eelam Fiasco

    Your Deficiency

    1. What happened at Gomarankadawala, Aranthalawa, Gonagala, Kebithigollewa, Mahawilachchiya, Palliyagodella, Mahagodayaya , Anuradhapura, Kallarawa, Kattankudy Mosque, Central Bank, Colombo Central Bus Stand – and other massacres too many to mention – where innocent civilians including women & children were brutally killed without a warning let alone giving them an opportunity to surrender ?

    2. What happened to the 600 policemen who surrendered ?

    3. What happened to the millions of dollars collected as ‘war tax’ from Tamils in Canada (who I’d like to remind you are Canadian citizens) to finance the terrorist activities of the LTTE ? What happened to all the property and wealth amassed by criminals in the Tamil Diaspora in the name of Thalaivar Prabhakaran ?

    4. What happened in the so-called World Tamil Movement of which you were the vice-president that made the Canadian government designate it as a terrorist organization and ban it in April 2006 ? What did the RCMP find when they raided the WTM offices soon after, that made them seal the offices and take away all the records and documents?

    5. What happened to all the Tamil children who were forcibly recruited and trained as child soldiers with the money sent by the LTTE diaspora?

    6. What happened to the Tamil civilians who were held hostage as human shields by the LTTE at Mullivaikkal when they tried to cross over to safety whenever the government forces announced a halt to fighting ?

    7. What happened to the cyanide capsules supplied by Prabhakaran, with the help of the Tiger Diaspora, to those in your list to be carried with them at all times ?

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    dear thangevelu

    the 41 you listed were top LTTE or while balakumaran was affiliate EROS head.Why did they not take the cyanide pill as stipulated by for LTTE cadres to do?Many lower level LTTE cadres including underage schoolgirls did these under orders by these very same people you have listed here.

    Please don’t pour crocodile tears for them.tamils coudn’t care a damn what happened to them.

    practise what you preach is what i would advise to them and to adele balasingham.

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    Velu, why do you worry about all these? The Tamil leaders Sampanthar and Somantheran are very happy with the activities of the government and they want to support them without digging in the past uselessly. They are not complaining. After all they are the leaders, no? Try to follow their foot steps, and you will learn to accept their approach soon.

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      My complain is Adele Balasingham distributed Cyanide capsule to girls. but she di dnot have one when the LTTE and her drunkard husband died. thangavelu can ask Adele Why did you become a traitor to the Tamil struggle ?.

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    Dear Mr Veluppillai Thangavelu,
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    I hope I don’t sound patronising when I say this:
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    You should be commended for writing in this vein to the President of Sri Lanka, who was able to clinch the position he now is in, owing to the overwhelming support your community extended to him in January 2015.
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    Your presentation of the case is excellent, objective, serious, shorn of all histrionics. There can be no doubt that all that have written comes from the heart.
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    It is unfortunate that the cruel comment by “Udarata Manika” has set the tone for many of the comments that follow.
    She, herself, ought to have rethought what she was doing, instead she continues to troll. However, I hope that you will note that there are very sincere comments, like that by “sinhalese buddhist” who says that he was against having foreign judges looking at your allegations, but ” I am starting to change my mind.” Despite what many Tamils must be perceiving, not all Sinhalese are heartless brutes.
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    War is a horrible business,
    and I never wanted this to be the way in which we countered all those horrible acts of terrorism by the LTTE. On the other hand, people like me never knew how we could put an end to this spiralling violence, which seemed to get ever worse. We were scared ourselves. I personally shrugged off the threats as being something we had to live with, knowing all the time that life for peace-loving civillians was probably worse in the North. Some of those civilians may have sympathised with the Tigers, but that surely was no crime. One has to think of a gradation of culpability for what happened.
    .
    To be continued.

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      Continuing: PART TWO
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      Dear Mr Veluppillai Thangavelu

      Having granted all that, however, and wishing you well in your efforts to persuade us, and the World as a whole, to change our attitudes, I must say this:
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      Do not expect that there will be punishment doled out for all the crimes that were committed. That hardly ever happens. Too often, the victors seem to have the ability to manage the outcome.
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      Thank you for asking only very specific questions. You have taken great care in writing, much more than I do in responding. You have carefully listed those who were disappeared that day; mainly LTTE cadres, but also members of their families. As you say, “The Geneva Convention [clearly states how] Prisoners of War [should be treated]. However, I have overheard many a person (mostly military personnel) say that it is unwise to spare prisoners on the battlefield. Putting people on trial is difficult, and there could be uncomfortable revelations. So, they say a terrorist is best bumped off. They did that to Rohana Wijeweera.
      .
      The fact is that this has happened in all too many instances. When I hear such comments, I am horrified, but mostly I say nothing to bigots. Depending on the circumstances, I may say more, as I do here. And what I say is not said under the cloak of anonymity. I regularly disclose my identity. For instance, I have done so to Percy, who on one occasion acknowledged that he isn’t the heartless, obscenity-spewing brute that he presents as his persona. I have just sent my e-mail address, in a comment below, to Chiv.

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    Guys keep in mind our Pseudo Patriot Edwin Aiya and Financial Adviser in US Lt. Retarded Shamal Perera (the guy who never served ) are the same or look alikes????. This is called multiple personality disorder. Haven”t you,ll seen enough movies on this.Alters can switch when ever they want as per their needs. I am still checking on the financial adviser,s role ( self claimed to be of same religion as Edwin Aiya) in U.S. Also from what I hear they have strict laws regardless of the government/Trump to protect people from any form of racial discrimination ( social media included). Few phone calls and clicks in computer should help in revealing the identity because every PROFESSIONAL needs to be registered with respective overseeing authority(occupational) to get a license to practice.

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      Chiv Thambi, please don’t expose who I am. I will do anything you want Thambi. ” Aiya Samy. Andavane Samy. Mage Deiyo. Mama meeta pashshe Demala Muniyata againsht mokavath kiyannevath liyannevath ne, Samy. Mama porondu thama venava thama Samy. See how I lick your boots Thambi. I am father of four Malli. Please forgive me. Please Please say you not tell Samy”.

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    Sinhala _ Man , Lanka is not blessed with more people like you. Thanks again for bringing some sanity. I have a simple question for the readers. When Tsunami struck and hundreds of thousands people lay dead,missing and injured what was our response, Were we interested in knowing the names , religion or cast of these affected people ???(may be be the politicians wanted but not the public). Were any international country,organization,first responders or anyone for that matter was interested ???? If the answer is a big NO , how come any of these tragedies can be seen otherwise. Precious lives are lost regardless who they are. Did a new born or an infant know his/her identity before the death??? Can we count them along with the rest. When we travel in highway and witness an accident what will be our instinct/humane response, go for help or stop and check the identity first before we react.We Lankans are always known for hospitality outside of country.

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    Regardless of race/religion/cast, during the Tsunami, there are endless incidents where strangers helped and shared their personal dress,food and homes with victims. There are incidents even today narrated by tourist how Lankans from the fishing community gave clothing and shelter irrespective of their own hardship.That is the Lanka we hear and see during a natural catastrophe. But then the other times (before and after) what we hear and see is a tragedy of a different kind. And quite a few comments in these sites explains it all.

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    Guys here is some thing for you all to ponder and ruminate .Hope this will keep you away from “shadow boxing”. See the news of Nepal .The ex leader and CJ of supreme court are send to long term prison. Now, the current leader and ex are related (half brothers), The CJ, s daughter was a minister in the cabinet, who resigned after her fathers arrest. The leaders are fighting as though it is their family/ancestral property.New Delhi has voiced displeasure.The other participant China has already called in (poker game),The country and population is small and predicted to be swallowed by seas in future.Surrounded by The Mountains known for serenity,tranquility and spirituality.Remember the days Lankans went for vacations ,pleasure trips and employment.Sounds familiar???Pretty much another Lanka in making.

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    Let us be honest and impartial on everything. In 1971 Youths in the south got killed in numbers dead bodies were floating down the rivers, There was only one case on accountability (Premawathi Manamperi) Was she the only victim at the hands of Armed & Police forces. Then came 1988-1989 Tyre fires were the order of the day. Number of decapitated human heads decorated the Alwis Pond of Perradeniya University. Unarmed Wijeweera was taken into custody and brought to Colombo and shot at the Golf ground behind Kanatta cemetery and burned alive in the crematorium. His wife and children escaped due to kind gesture from Brig Late Janaka Perera who knew what will follow next knowing his brethren bravery. Of course our great leader MR with Comrade Vasu ran to Geneeva to talk about human rights. Chandrka promised to end beeshanaya and dushanaya climbed Suriya Kanda with Madam Wanniarachchi bring justice to the victims. Nothing happened our legal system and rule of law was deaf and blind to all these atrocities. What happened in North and East was repeat of the History.of our Motherland. Is it not the fact all these surendees also met the same fate. Is it not a crime to bump off who surrendered in response to the Govt call for them to surrender. We should speak the truth nothing but the truth.

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    A tourist was visiting a Kovil in Jaffna with a tour guide when they came upon a Tamil woman who was very lovingly stroking a big penis shaped stone.
    Tourist: What is she doing?
    Guide: She is worshipping the Holy Sivalingam.
    Tourist: Oh yeah? What for?
    Guide: It is supposed to give her a child.
    By this time the woman finished worshipping the Lingam and left the Kovil.
    Tourist: How long will it take for her to get the child?
    Guide: About one year from now.
    Tourist: One year? Then why the hell was she do it at such high speed towards the end?

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      Edwin
      At your age maybe you are quite slow towards the end with the Arablingam.

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    Fisrt of all, What the hell LTTE terrorists were doing in Sinhala-Buddhists Sri Lanka?
    Since 80% of LTTE terrorists were from Tamils Nadu, they went back to Tamil Nadu.
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    Let India deal with their Tamil people.

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      Johnny Baby Doc

      “Let India deal with their Tamil people.”

      Of course you must let Hindia deal with Tamil People as well as those Tamils who now claim to be Sinhala/Buddhists. Basically Hindia must deal with all the descendants of Kallathonies, 21 Millions of them.

      Hindians believe Sri Lanka is the Sinhala State of Hindia.

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    Wonder why Mr Thangavelu didn’t put Mr Pirahaparan on his list ,along side his 500 Army Commanders whom I mentioned earlier?.
    I saw a few photos of Mr Pirahaparan which were supposed to betaken on the banks of Nanthikdal on May 19….
    It didn’t look like a body of a person who has been living underground since, Dr Ranil’s Field Marshall declared that he was going to kill 1000 Tigers a month.
    That was after the brave Army Soldiers defied all odds ,and opened the Marvil Aru Sluice Gates to protect the poor Muslims and Sinhala families from starvation who totally depend on the Water from the Tank for survival……
    Shouldn’t Mr Thanagavelu enlist the help of GTF boss in London who has the best mates in Yahapalanaya with Dr Raniland and Mangalan as the PM and the Finance Minister.
    Suren may even force it into the MOU as an extra clause,
    Just imagine how thrilled, Vellala Wigs and Sivajilingam would be……

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      I heard It is MAngi who wanted Bhikku Ghanasara jailed.

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    YOU MESS WITH THE BULL YOU GET THE HORNS!!
    THEY WERE TERRORISTS, AND THEY ARE DEFINED AS FOLLOWS,
    “A person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims”-(en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/terrorist)
    SO THERE IS NOTHING WRONG IN KILLING THEM ALL BECAUSE THEY CANNOT BE CALLED AS HUMAN ANY MORE. THEY ARE A DEADLY PEST, SO WHAT WE DO FOR PEST CONTROL,,? WE KILL THEM ALL.
    MR. THANGAVELU–LIVE WITH IT OR SUCK IT..

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    Mr Veluppillai Thangavelu, Where is the 600 police officers surrendered on government orders to LTTE on On 11 June 1990? Will UN come and find them for us?

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    I think human rights are only for Humans.
    HR cannot be applicable for terrorists because they are not included under the definition of human.
    So , who are terrorists? they are a pest . And what we have to do for pest control? Obviously,we should kill as many of them as possible.
    So Mr. thangavelu. i suggest you to live with it or suck it .
    Anyways,.
    Terrorism is defined by oxford as “The unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims”
    Then what can an army of a country do?

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      Dear Middleman,
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      You have posted your stipulative definition twice.
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      I’m sure that you have doubts about the validity (i.e. the logic) of your own argument.
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      Let’s forget religions. At GCE A. Levels there are two subjects which lead on to philosophy later: Logic and ETHICS. Those are the elements of the subject.
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      Ethics as outlined by the Buddha and by Emmanuel Kant can be a subject that is as lofty and taxing as any other. Do you really think that a Dictionary – be it Oxford, Cambridge, Webster of Madhura, can be used to substitute for ethics.
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      I think that it is facile reasoning of this sort that has led to all the financial cheating that has brought our country to this impasse. That is my view.
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      What is yours? Response awaited.

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        Dear Sinhala_Man

        Just think about what are ethics? Ethics can be good or bad. But that depends on the understanding about it by individuals.When somebody looks at it from out side he can view it as he wants. So ethics are also a liquid entity which can change, adapt and evolve.
        How do you apply a convention, rules and regulations if you do not have definitions for the subjected matter? By ethics?? So if your ethic is to nurture terrorism other people should accept it just because it is an ethic??
        The basics of survival is not depending on ethics. Kill it or get Killed.
        Why do we need to keep and feed those terrorist bastards by out tax money?

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    No jail for Swiss Tamil Tiger financiers.The Swiss Federal Criminal Court has given no prison terms to alleged financiers of the Sri Lankan Tamil separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). The 13 accused were either given suspended custodial sentences or acquitted.
    The court on Thursday said accusations of participation in and support of a criminal organisation did not stand and released all of the accused.It noted that the hierarchical link between the LTTE and WTCC was not sufficiently established. The judges also felt there was not enough concrete proof to consider the LTTE as a criminal organisation. While the federal prosecutor Juliette Noto had asked for prison terms of between 18 months and six years for the accused. Eight of the thirteen on the docks were acquitted of all charges. The others were only found guilty of fraud. WTCC’s finance manager and one of the accused who arranged loans from Bank Now (owned by Credit Suisse) on false pretences got a 24-month suspended sentence. The president of WTCC got 21 months while the finance manager’s deputy got 20 months in suspended sentences. The whole process is estimated to have cost close to CHF4 million (4.03 million) which the federal government will have to bear. In addition to this amount, compensation for those acquitted, as well as lawyers’ fees total to almost CHF5 million. The accused will have to pay part of their lawyers’ expenses provided they have the financial means to do so.

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      What this means is the Swiss high court has not taken it superficially but has historically analysed the case and has stated the LTTE is not terrorist but a liberation movement and a national liberation struggle of the oppressed Eelam Tamil nation. Moreover the LTTE was not also not an armed liberation movement but was also political. The move by Sinhalese racists /Sri Lankan government and their supporters to harass the Tamil diaspora and portray the LTTE as terrorist has not been dealt a sever blow by this verdict

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    Dear Brother/Sinhala_Man pardon for my stupidity. It is Maldives and not Nepal. I was carried away by some of our readers comments and did not recheck after typing. My apologies.

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      Dear chiv,
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      You remember what we used to say as school children: “a slip of the tongue , is not . . . ” etc. I hope you didn’t mind my pointing it out: I was quite sure that it had to be the Maldives, and I could update you on what is happening there.
      .
      There’s nothing from you in the Inbox of my e-mail. These are times when those who at least are aware of ethical standards should work together. I shall keep confidential whatever you send me:
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      Please complete:
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      “The best lack . . ..
      While the worst are full of passionate intensity.”
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      You are among the best!

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    Before inquiring about these terrorists, please find out who ordered and who killed the 600 unarmed policemen in Batticaloa. They were Government servants and not terrorists. LTTE killed so many people like them. But no one talks about them. We have actually no sympathy about those terrorists who were killing innocents in the past.

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    Ah Native Veddah, You know nothing and no contribution to the toipc being discussed as only asking stupid, racists questions and simply worshiping Terrorists LTTE and its leader.

    Thangavelu’s list is full of terrorists only and they were killed during the humanitarian operation by Armed forces of GOSL in the process of annihilating LTTE.

    The captured LTTE Cadres were given an opportunity to rehabilitate to join the society and continue with their life and the recent incident of fitting farwell given to a Military Offices who has given the leadershi to such an effort is an ample evidence for the effectiveness of GOSL Program as a continuation of the Humanitarian efforts.

    The incident of Fitting farwell given to the Military leader involved in the rehabilitation program in Kilinochchiya, Mulathivu and Vishwamadhu is also a fitting reply to Racists thugs such as Native Veddah, Wigneshwaran, Sivajilingam, TNA etc.

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      Nimal Tissa Wijethunga

      What seems to be your problem?

      We don’t care whether you are suffering from paranoia, p***s envy, your partner faking o****m, dullness,…………………….. or you are trying to entertain us with your comedy of infantile stupidity we are discussing serious issues even the Pervy the pathetic is showing some restraint and Helass is bit serious ………..what got stuck into your blockhead?

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