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Mullaitivu 2009: 400,000 Lived, 290,000 People Came Out, What Happened To The Balance? – Sampanthan Asks

By R. Sampanthan

R. Sampanthan

The reason why I am reminding the House of these matters is that you cannot sweep everything under the carpet. Your current approach can do immense harm to this country. Much has been said about the fact that there is a complaint that 40,000 people have been killed and as to how that can be accepted.

There were at least 350,000 people in this area, probably around 400,000 based on our own investigations, only 290,000 people came out. What happened to the balance? Your estimate was that there were only 60,000 to 70,000 people who lived in this area at this point of time.

You sent food, medicine and other supplies only for that number – 60,000 or 70,000. When the number was as large as 350,000 why did you restrict the number to only 60,000 or 70,000?

We conducted our own investigation in regard to this matter and we were satisfied that there were at least 350,000 to 400,000 people in that part of Mullaitivu at that point of time.

Transcript of the speech made by Sampanthan on the 5th of April 2019:

ගරු රාජවරෝදියම් සම්පන්දන් මහතා

(மாண்புமிகு ராஜவரோதயம் சம்பந்தன்)

(The Hon. Rajavarothiam Sampanthan)

Hon. Chairman, before I commence my speech, may I say that the Government and the Opposition have both agreed to give me five minutes each which means I would have 30 minutes. But, let me commence and go along, Sir. We are on the final day of the Budget Discussion. As I have often stated earlier, the future of the country is not purely an economic issue. It is a very multifaceted issue. Even the future economy of the country is dependent upon several issues; it is dependent upon its unity and its strengths based upon the unity; it is dependent upon the reputation that it enjoys both domestically and internationally. The two issues of utmost importance to the country today, in my view  are; the implementation of the Resolution co-sponsored by the Sri Lankan Government and unanimously adopted  by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2015, 2017 and 2019; and the adoption of a new Constitution for the country as unanimously decided by Resolution adopted in this Parliament in 2016. With regard to the first matter, the United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution is also based upon two investigations; the first, conducted by an independent panel appointed by the Secretary-General of the UN comprising of three experts from different parts of the world and the second, an investigation conducted by the UN Human Rights Council itself. Both have come to the conclusion that war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed, that there were violations against international humanitarian and human rights laws during the civil conflict and that the matter needs to be further investigated upon and determined. Sri Lanka has conducted no investigation of any sort, not even a domestic investigation and persists that it will not implement certain aspects of the UN Human Rights Council Resolution. From the point of view of Sri Lanka, there was only one report, the Report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission; even that Report has not yet been implemented. I have spoken on this civil conflict, Sir, in Parliament in 2009 and before that – the conflict came to an end in May 2009 – without being contradicted by the Government and in fact, not merely me, but many others – both those in this Parliament and other personalities – have referred to at least some of the matters that happened during the course of the conflict. 

It is my intention, Sir, to make reference to some of these matters to demonstrate what was stated in this Parliament and by others at the time the conflict took place without any contradiction by the Government. I will read, Sir, from the position that I stated in Parliament in 21st January, 2009. 

“What has been happening to the Tamil people as a result of the war that  is being waged in the North and  the East? There is constant aerial bombing, continuous aerial bombing, sometimes several bombings per day. There  is constant multi-barrel rocket launcher fire, constant artillery fire, all into civilian populated areas. Is  this happening in any part of the world?  Are civilian- populated areas  being   bombed aerially and  are multi-barrel rocket  launchers  and  heavy artilleries being fired into  civilian populated areas in any other part of the world? I got  some statistics here. They are short of food; they are short of medicine; they are short of shelter; they are short of drinking water; they are short of sanitation facilities. People are undergoing immense difficulties in the Vanni. There are about 350,000 to 400,000 people now in the Mullaitivu District, in a part of the Mullaitivu District, running helter-skelter from one place to another depending on where the bombing is taking place, where the shelling is taking place.”

That was the position in this area when I spoke in this Parliament in January, 2009, a position which was not contradicted by the Government. 

“Nobody knows what is happening in this area. There are no United Nations agencies in this area. There are no International Non-Governmental Organizaitons in the Vanni. They  were all asked to get out of that place in September last year  and since then, they  are not stationed there permanently and they cannot act freely and independently as they wish.”

So, Sir, that  was the position that prevailed in the Vanni in 2018 and 2019. 

So what do we see in the statements made by Madam Navanethem Pillay who was the Head of the UN Human Rights  Commission at that point of time, the statement made by Madam Louise Arbour, who was also the Head of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights  a little earlier, and the statement made by Justice Bhagwati – the Chairman of the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons, a retired Chief Justice of India who was in Sri Lanka in order to assist in the investigations  that have been conducted by the Udalagama Commission in regard to several human rights violations. They have all made their position very clear, Sir, in the statements they have made.

Madam Navanethem Pillay said, Sir, “Certain actions being undertaken by the Sri Lankan military and by the LTTE may constitute violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. We need to know more about what is going on, but we know enough to be sure that the situation is absolutely desperate.” She went on to say, Sir, “Despite the Government’s designation of safe or ‘no fire’ zones for civilians, repeated shelling had continued in those zones. Other areas holding civilians had also been shelled, she claimed. Credible sources  had indicated that  more than  2,800 civilians may have been  killed and more than 7,000 in these zones in the past few days. Even after the Government’s announcement on 24 February that heavy weapons would not be fired into the no-fire zones, close to 500 people were reportedly killed and more than a thousand injured in these areas.” 

That is what Madam Navaneetham Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights had to say in regard to the situation in this area. There are limited quantities of food, reports of severe malnutrition, medicines are unavailable even in the one makeshift medical facility that is still functioning. 

Madam Louise Arbour, Sir, was also the Commissioner for Human Rights in the UN. She urged the Government of Sri Lanka to establish in Sri Lanka an Office of the High Commission for Human Rights to be in a position to monitor what is happening in Sri Lanka. That was declined, refused, rejected and this is what she had to say. I quote: 

“There was a culture of impunity which had so deeply permeated into the Sri Lankan society, that if we wanted to eradicate the culture of impunity, there was an urgent need to set up a human rights mechanism, a human rights office in Sri Lanka under UN auspices to monitor the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.” 

Sir,that was the position expressed by Human Rights High Commissioners in regard to the situation prevalent in this area. 

Justice Bhagwati, the Chairman of the International Independent Eminent Group of Persons (IIGEP)  a renowned jurist, who had been responsible for extreme changes in India pertaining to human rights had this to say. I quote: 

“Summary executions, massacres, disappearances, wanton destruction of  property and forcible transfers of population can never be justified. No efforts should be spared to uncover responsibility, including recognition of command responsibility, for such actions. The International Independent Group of Eminent Persons has, however, found an absence of will on the part of the Government of Sri Lanka in the present inquiry to investigate cases with vigour, where the conduct of its own forces has been called into question”

This was the position, Sir, that was stated by the different persons of repute, who are international personalities. 

The reason why I am reminding the House of these matters is that you cannot sweep everything under the carpet. Your current approach can do immense harm to this country. Much has been said about the fact that there is a complaint that 40,000 people have been killed and as to how that can  be accepted. There were at least 350,000 people in this area, probably around 400,000 based on our own investigations, only 290,000 people came out. What happened to the balance? Your estimate was that there were only 60,000 to 70,000 people who lived in this area at this point of time. You sent food, medicine and other supplies only for that number – 60,000 or 70,000. When the number was as large as 350,000 why did you restrict the number to only 60,000 or 70,000? 

We conducted our own investigation in regard to this matter and we were satisfied that there were at least 350,000 to 400,000 people in that part of Mullaitivu at that point of time. 

I want to make it very clear, Sir, that no one is saying that all the Armed Forces who fought the LTTE on the instructions of the Sri Lankan State should be blamed or punished. The Armed Forces acted on the instructions of the Sri Lankan Government, but those responsible for domestic and international crimes including those responsible on the basis of command responsibility and the chain of command should not be allowed to get away scot free. I say this, because that would be extremely harmful to the future interests of this country, the long-term interests of this country. It is absolutely essential, Sir, that the truth must be ascertained. 

The second matter I referred to was the Constitution. We all adopted a Resolution in this Parliament unanimously to frame a new Constitution, but we seem stuck. I do not know why, but we seem stuck. I want to refer, Sir, to something which President Barack Obama , the first black American President said shortly after he was elected as the President for the first time in the United States. He said, “The American people must be true to our founding documents, the documents on which America came into being. American people must be true to their founding documents, the document on which America came into being.” Do we, in Sri Lanka, have any founding document, any Constitution to which we can go back and say, “This is our founding document; this is the document on which the country is built, our society is built,  which we cherish, which we value, which is the ultimate law of the land?  Do we have any such founding document? How can we survive as a nation?  How can we survive as a country, when we do not have in this country a constitution which has been accepted by the majority of the people in this country based upon a consensus as much as possible a national consensus? And, this Parliament adopted a unanimous Resolution to frame a new Constitution.  Much work has been done in regard to that matter, in fact, the constitutional process has been going on from 1988 for almost 30 years. There was a “Mangala-Moonesinghe Select Committee Report during President Premadasa’s time; there was a Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike’s Report during her term as President- August 2000 Constitutional Proposals; there was a proposal made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Tissa Vitharana Report – the APRC Report.  With all these being available to us, we are still unable to frame a Constitution.  And, do you think, that is a good thing for the country? Is it good for the country to go on like this? Can you go on like this indefinitely? Is it not harmful to the country? In regard to the national question, Sir, your position appears to be that you have brought about a military solution and there is no need for a political solution now. 

I want to in this context, refer to a Statement made by Srimati Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India. When the new State of Bangladesh came into being in 1971, the late Prime Minister of India, Shrimathi Indira Gandhi, in a letter to President Nixon on 15th December, 1971, in regard to the situation in Bangladesh stated as follows. I quote:

“The fact of the matter is that the rulers of West Pakistan got away with the impression that they could do what they liked, because no one, not even the United States, would choose to take a public position that while Pakistan’s integrity was certainly sacrosanct, human rights, liberty were no less so, and that there was a necessary inter-connection between the inviolability of states and the contentment of their people.” 

If you cannot keep the people contented, if you cannot give the people their legitimate rights, then, the sustainability of your unity and your territorial integrity become gravely questionable. Are we not in the same state? How long has the Tamil question remained unresolved? For the last 70 years? And the Constitutional process that we started in 1988 – we are today in 2019 – 30 years down the road. – has not yet been completed and you are unable to complete it. We do not know what is happening. You do not have the will to complete the process and you want to keep the Tamil people as second-class citizens and you want to suppress them militarily even if they were to rise again. Through civil disobedience based upon ahimsa and sathyagraha, you think they can be suppressed. More than 50 per cent of the Tamil population who lived in this country have left this country. Is it your belief that if you proceed with your military course of action even the balance 50 per cent would leave? Is that your position? Is that your thinking? We are committed to a solution within the framework of a united, undivided, indivisible Sri Lanka. We are firmly committed in regard to that. We want to evolve a solution within the framework of a united, undivided, indivisible Sri Lanka. But, if you do not accept that, please do not expect us to live in this country as second-class citizens. We will not live in this country as second-class citizens. We have our own sovereignty to which we will be entitled. In that situation, on account of your lapse, on account of your default to ensure that we are able to exercise our sovereignty within a united country you will create a situation harmful to the country.

Before I conclude, Sir, I want to say a few words on North-Eastern development. I have just sent the Hon. Minister, our good Friend, Hon. Mangala Samaraweera a copy of the letter I gave the Prime Minister yesterday. The North-East, Sir, was neglected in the matter of development even prior to the war commencing. We were backwards. We were not given equal treatment. We suffered in development. When the war commenced, the North-East was devastated and destroyed both by the Army and by the LTTE. When we were trying to rebuild the North-East, I and my Colleague, the Hon. Sumanthiran met the Hon. Minister of Finance and impressed upon him the need to start a special fund for the rebuilding of the North-East in the field of agriculture, in the field of fisheries, in the field of livestock development, in the field of industry, in various other activities, employment generation and skills development to enable our youth, our women, our widows to be able to recommence life and lead a respectable life.

We wanted the Minister to start a fund and the Minister promptly agreed and said, “I understand the need for it and we will start a North-East development fund with an initial allocation of Rs. 5 billion from the Ministry to which we add more funds. We will ensure that more funds go in.” 

ගරු මංගල සමරවීර මහතා 

(மாண்புமிகு மங்கள சமரவீர)

(The Hon. Mangala Samaraweera)

නැඟී සිටියේය.

எழுந்தார்.

rose.

ගරු රාජවරෝදියම් සම්පන්දන් මහතා

(மாண்புமிகு ராஜவரோதயம் சம்பந்தன்)

(The Hon.  Rajavarothiam  Sampanthan)

Hon. Minister, do you want to say something?

ගරු මංගල සමරවීර මහතා 

(மாண்புமிகு மங்கள சமரவீர)

(The Hon. Mangala Samaraweera)

Hon. Sampanthan, I am happy to say that we have also started drafting the Bill which will be brought to Parliament and the fund will be called “Palmyrah Fund”. It will be open for donations from the private sector as well as the diaspora. 

ගරු රාජවරෝදියම් සම්පන්දන් මහතා

(மாண்புமிகு ராஜவரோதயம் சம்பந்தன்)

(The Hon.  Rajavarothiam  Sampanthan)

Hon. Minister, when we met you, you assured us that you will transfer Rs. 5 billion this year for the commencement of development activities in the North- East. We have eight districts in the North-East. I do not have to give you the names. The Prime Minister started a mechanism under his chairmanship; coordinators have been appointed; they have consulted our people; they have consulted us and come up with proposals. Each district has come up with proposals up to about Rs. 3 billion. We need in all for a start Rs. 24 billion. We are not demanding the whole thing now. But, kindly give us a substantial percentage, at least 60 or 70 per cent of the Rs. 24 billion, to be able to commence the activities that must be given priority, to ensure that we are able to carry on those activities and to have them fully implemented. I have not a slightest doubt that you will be very sympathetic and very understanding in regard to my request.  I would urge you to kindly discuss this matter with the Prime Minister. 

After all, Jaffna is an important district, a peninsula; there is the Vanni; there is the Eastern Province which is a large area, comprising of Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara where all people have suffered. Tamil people, in particular, have suffered a great deal. There is much development that is urgently required, particularly, in agriculture, fisheries, livestock development, industries and employment. Women, widows, ex-militants and ex-LTTE cadres who have come back to civilian life need to be looked after. All these things cannot be done if there is no money. We are formulating programmes so that we will be able to deal with these issues expeditiously. That is necessary. There is no purpose in talking about national reconciliation and there is not purpose in talking about goodwill and harmony unless you are able to make a contribution to uplift these people and to improve the standard of living of these people. That is what we are asking for. 

So, I would kindly urge you respectfully to enhance your fund for the development of the North-East. Thank you, Sir. 

*Transcript of the speech made by Sampanthan on the 5th of April 2019.

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      Rajapakshe blood suckers may have eaten out 110 000 poor people. Alone their brutalities in the post war period – are connected beyond ethics and morals.

      We the ones from southern part of the county would have no trust of Raajapkashes. You notherners please never keep hopes neither Rajapakshes nor Sirisenas.
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      I respect that guy Aruna SidhDharatha..he has been telling th e truth about nothern areas as well. You as their representatives hang on with CASTE and creed, but not much is done sofar… If lost my lovely ones, I would never allow Rajaakshes to roam the way they have been doing in the city today. Blood suckers should be punished and locked up for their rest of life
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      Let s make the Ratathanakola – grass as staple food of the majority.
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      These people would never see it right I mean the majority.
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      We are not new to elections. But after electing BPs one behind the other, we repeat on doing it – irrespective of their brutal betrayals. People would not think twice before going to vote for the idiots.

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      Didn’t the Sinhalese eat Kiribath on the 19th of May 2009 when the MR govt announced that the war had ended, when the whole lot of the remaining LTTE was massacred at the Nandikadal Lagoon? Then why ask now as to what happened to them? Is this not the reason why we are taken to task for War Crimes and Human Rights Violations? Why did the Americans leveling charges at the Sri Lankan Forces allow the man responsible, Shavendra Silva to be shielded at the UN Head Office in NY? If our Forces had committed excesses during the last few days of the war, how is it that our Fores were selected to be posted as Peace Keepers to Fiji under the very UN, where some were deported for Sexual assault? Whom are the Americans trying to fool?

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        Gamini,

        Let me correct you here Sir – ” didnot SOME sinhalese loyalists of Rajapakshe eat Kiribath on the 19th May 2009″ ?
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        And the manner, BP Mahinda Rajapakshe ruled in the POST war episode, cant we think that the man et should have been hurt to notherner even more cruel ?.
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        In the POST WAR – their records of human rights violations went up so rapidly. His brother barbarian Gotler never listened to anyone but went on murdering of hand picked dissidents and anti-Rajapake facists outfit.
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        Alone the manner BP Gotler inflicted riots towards the muslim srilankens, were beyond all bearing.
        :
        BBS which was created to be seen as BUDDHIST forces being mushroomed in order to build up nationalism as no times in the past.

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      Dear Mr. R Sampanthan,

      In 2009, 400,000 lived and 290,000 came out , what happened ?

      This is called Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhism “ mathematics. In Parliament there is a Para-Sinhala mathematician called Wimal Buruwamsa, and according to him 2/2 =O,

      If you ask Buruwamsa, he will commute for you explain that

      400,000 – 290,000 = 0.

      So, what happened? They are not there now. You need mathematicians from UNHRC.

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    Sam

    “The reason why I am reminding the House of these matters is that you cannot sweep everything under the carpet. “

    Gota didn’t count them in however did count them out.
    Are you sure the House is sweeping everything under the carpet?
    Have you investigated Mahindawamsa if they had bought large quantities of flesh and bone melting acids from China, USA, UK, before and immediately after the war had ended?

    Follow the Acid Trail.
    Let us hear from the usual war crimes deniers starting with warmonger and smart ass patriot Dayan, ……………….somass, Champass, Wannihami, ……………………….

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      Simple solution ask Gota under oath through an US court, you just might get the answer that you will never get through the kangaroo court system of Sri Lanka.

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      Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.

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    Oh SAM, I seem you just got up from the deep coma after 10 years of Tamils massacre. Better late than never, at least now exert some pressure on the government for the war crime investigation. You name will be remembered by Tamil world.

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      And even many of us, Sinhalese will bless you.
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      However, to be realistic, I don’t think that anything will be investigated or anybody punished. That was the strategy from the beginning – to say, “now it is too late.” May the heavens above make the distinction between the instigators of this vile strategy and those who foolishly endorsed.

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    Covering up the real facts is the strategy adopted by Sri Lankan government . They never speak the truth , Killing their own citizens who were mostly farmers. in Vnani shows clearly how the government’s main objective is to reduce the Tamil population in Sri Lanka. war. The government used its defense forces with the help of many countries such as India, China, Pakistan, US etc to Kill, Rape the Tamils and destroy the farm land in Vanni

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      Mr. Pon,

      If SLG needed to reduce the Tamil population they would have never ended the war but continue it so that Tamil population would have either migrated or killed outright.

      What good had it done for the SLG that the war is ended?

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        Had it not been for the genocide (i.e. ethnic cleansing, various pogroms, Sinhalization, war, etc), the native Tamil population in the island with projected growth would have been more than 20%. Today it is close to 11%. Yet, Sinhalese keep on denying genocide.

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        Shenali, there was a fool among the Tamils who wanted to continue the war without realizing that the Tamil population was dwindling. Equally there were fools among Sinhalese who wanted the war to be ended without realizing that what their dream since independence to reduce Tamil population was being achieved. One thing that you must understand is that Prabharan fought a selfish war without concerns to the suffering of Tamils. If he thought about the dire plight of Tamils, he would have surrendered to India when India through TNA asked him to surrender. Had he done it, India would have halted the war with all those war heroes being forced to stay put, unable to move even an inch forward, and none of those 110,000 people would have died either due to indiscriminate firing or being allowed to die without medication or summarily executed after surrendering.

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          Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,

          “Shenali, there was a fool among the Tamils ”

          Correction: Many Fools.

          “Equally there were fools among Sinhalese “

          Correction: Many Fools.

          What do the Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamils, have in common? Many Fools!

          The mean IQ is 79.

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            good one amarasiri.That is why we will never enter the first world.Unfortunately the best are leaving to the first world.Your mean IQ will come down further.

            ps.90000 sri alnkans migrate evry year.China with apopulation of 1.4 billion only 325000 leaving,while india with a population of 1.37 billion 490000 leaving.What we will be left with is like duminda silva who fortunately for him had a pea sized brain and a big dong when the bullet lodged in his skull.

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          Dr.Gnana S.
          Prabakaran was not only selfish, he was also a deranged masochist who killed. This tendency was used by those seeking leaders in the TULF who were smarting at their rejection by the Tamil voters in the 1965 elections.
          The racist policies of the regime that succeed in the 1970 changed the country’s constitution in 1972 by removing whatever weak provisions that purported to safeguard minorities interest, also parachuted unelected Tamil quislings as leaders and gave them importance.
          The Tamil were resentful of such people.
          The JRJ that succeeded in 1977 feigned to protect the interests of the Tamil minority obtained Tamil votes and then burnt the Jaffna Public Library and followed it up with the 1983 holocaust.
          The dark cloud of in the form of Prabakaran’s infantile adventurism then appeared on the horizon to wreak havoc kill and sought vengeance on the entire lot of people in SL following the lead given in 1971 by the JVP.
          The rest is history.
          The plight of the Tamils now hangs over a hell hole abyss held by a steadily fraying thread of hopelessness and nothing more as days pass.

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        Shenal

        “If SLG needed to reduce the Tamil population they would have never ended the war but continue it so that Tamil population would have either migrated or killed outright.”

        Haven’t you heard of salami tactics, slice by slice?
        Perhaps not.

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      It appears that Sambanthan prompted by Sumanthiran has got up of from his deep SLUMBER, as the elections draw near, After all he has got what he wanted personally and nothing more to get.

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        All these days these TNA guys kept their mouth shut supported the Governments to get benefits, house, vehicles, servants, kick backs, etc. etc. It takes almost ten years for them to wake up from deep slumber not for the genuine concern towards the voters but to fool the voters again because election is round the corner.
        Tamils are now awaken, these shouting in the parliament by TNA MPs is like the crying of dying frog during rainy days. [Maarai Thavakkai]

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          Yes! ‘you cannot sweep every thing under the carpet’in fact Sumanthiran and I, despite being Tamils? tried to help the Sinhala government to sweep what ever we knew also under the carpet, but we cannot continue to do so, as the carpet was already ‘pregnant’ with lies and it burst. My leader of the opposition post also was a ‘still birth’.

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    Population in Mullative.

    1981 2001 2012 2018

    77,189 121,667 92238 96.000

    From Where did Mr Sampathar pull this 400.000 Plus .

    I know a Public Servant who was forced to walk from from Jaffna to Mullative by Mr Pirahapran .
    He somehow escaped and now lives in an outer suburb in Jaffna with his family and a couple of Goats ..
    I will check with him whether Mr Sampathar’s Census is correct…

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      Idiot it was not only Muttlathivu but was Killinochchi, and large parts of Vavuniya and Mannar and some parts of Jaffna too.

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    Sambanthan has stated the problem in a concise manner.
    He requests only a fraction of funds proposed for the military – which is even pampered with a “good conduct” bonus – the very first in any nation.
    The military which needs to embrace “good conduct” is not so good in behaviour, in the northeast.
    Will the government restore all lands, homes and livelihoods which have been taken over by the military for a start.
    There is no objection to the state building any number of statues, Buddhist temples
    and even Vishnu shrines.
    But, the state must undo the ongoing persecution of citizenry.
    The citizens must conduct the education – even primary – in the ‘occupied’ areas – not, the military.
    There is no need for persecution of ex-combatants and their families.
    Will the President act as the person looked up to by ALL citizens.

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    We killed and ate the balance 110,000. Now satisfied?

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      Josh Deva Aditya

      “We killed and ate the balance 110,000. Now satisfied?”

      I was told by my Sinhala/Buddhist friends they believe all of the missing persons collectively committed suicide.

      By the way Shavendra eats babies for breakfast.

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      Josh,

      Ha ha ha ha…….that’s funny.

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        Retarded

        Did Josh Deva Aditya tickle your bum?

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    Dear Mr Sampanthan,
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    I haven’t read all this carefully. I don’t have to. How long must the World put up with the nonsense spouted by the racist Sinhalese who control the politics of this country?
    .
    I stick my neck out saying this. Could you please do something for all of us: please field a strong Tamil candidate. The UNP will not like it. They are trying to blackmail the minorities dressing up the Rajapaksa candidate as a “goni-billa”, and hoping thereby to get all the minority votes. It doesn’t matter even if the UNP manages to finally field some candidate other than old man Ranil. I know that you are older, but, in the circumstances, you are a valuable asset. I don’t hold it against you that you at times endorsed Prabhkaran. I wish you hadn’t, but you had to survive the War, to now work for peace.
    .
    Dear Tamils, vote number 1 for your candidate, number 2 – well for anybody. Number 3, for the UNP guy because he will be marginally better than the Rajapaksa guy.
    .
    Dear fellow Sinhalese, please vote number 1 for somebody like Nagananda. Thereafter, follow suit as above. Muslims, can’t you persuade a good man like Imtiaz Bakeer Marker to contest? He actually had half his education at Ananda College, Maradana. He stays in the background because he doesn’t like Ranil. JVP please contest. Sirisena also contesting will help. However, he will probably realise before nominations how silly that would be. He’ll be like the man who is called Mr 5% in the Maldives!
    .
    tbc

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      PART TWO
      .
      Look at this blog for a moment, some of you who think that I’m a Tamil masquerading as a Sinhalese:
      .
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-maldivian-parliamentary-elections-2019-where-a-happy-result-can-be-predicted/
      .
      There you will see my photograph of myself, and also sense what my attitude towards other communities is – consistently.
      .
      The rewards of strategic voting we will reap only in 2025. Most now ignore what I say, correct?
      .
      Imagine Presidential Election night, and the results coming in. Nobody has reached 50%. The TV stations will also stop their frivolous “entertainment”. They will say that SECOND and THIRD Preferences have to be counted. “Eh mokadda bang?” they will ask. Then they will understand how the system could be made to work in our favour. It will remain a bad system.
      .
      I have checked and recheked this: in no other country is this system to be found, but a system somewhat similar is used to elect the Mayor of London.
      .
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_mayoral_elections#2008PART TWO
      .
      Look at this blog for a moment, some of you who think that I’m a Tamil masquerading as a Sinhalese:
      .
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-maldivian-parliamentary-elections-2019-where-a-happy-result-can-be-predicted/
      .

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      My apologies all readers, for not having cancelled the bold. This is a second attempt to do so.

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      My Dear SINHALA Man,
      .
      I am ashamed to be SINHALA – that all I can say today. 7
      :
      They have unfortunately that in their blood.

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      sinhala-man
      “please field a strong Tamil candidate.”

      are you trying to take the tamils for a ride.A strong tamil candidate however strong,will he ever become the president?All the tamil votes will be wasted votes which is what you must be wanting.It is better for sambanthan to say to the tamils to vote for any of the main 2 candidates who they consider the lessor of the two evils.That way at least the tamil vote will sting one of the 2 main candidates and help one of them too.Then in the future sinhala a politicians will woo the tamils.

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        Kadrigamar would have been a suitable candidate to be the MP or the Prez but the foolish separatists killed him because it suites the separatists for various reasons that are obvious.
        As a Sinhalese I too suffer the injustices in our corrupt system run by our corrupt politicians, together we must unite and fight the present injustices in the system that is very common in every third world nations.

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    Mr Sampanther
    What a question after 10 long years??
    Where have you been Sir?? 10 years too long too late don’t you think ? At least you have remembered now , that is commendable.
    The Question here is how the number crunching by Gota and his war mongers including that by
    Punnak eating UK Lord Nosey came to a final number of death crunched to just 400 ?? 4000? 400000?
    God please help here for the morons who makes 2+2 = 5???
    They call Karma is a Bitch.
    Time has come for Redemption for the above mentioned warmongers plus the Lord Nasty who continued to Lie of the number of deaths in the act of State Murders and mass killing. ( killed Srilankans by Srilankans including women and children)
    There’s no way Srilanka will ever be free from the charges of torture , killing , and rape during the so called WAR WITHOUT WITNESS!!
    Never ever the Apeh Anduwe can recover from these accusations.
    Karma is a Bitch can affect the Evil and Wicked certainly until the end……

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      Hi Mr. Sambanthan, you are like Rip Van Winkle woke up from slumber after 10 years. Meanwhile your stooge M.A.Sumanthiran goes to Geneva and US State Dpt. saying the opposite and pushes for more time for Srilankan government. Puzzling how the four legged ones spared you .

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      analyst

      “What a question after 10 long years??”

      rip van winkle has woken up.Now he will shout “adeyengada enda kottai”(where is my pillow” and go to sleep hopefully now permanently.Mothers have been screaming for 10 years,people have been protesting about not been resettled in their lands,has he even once gone and joined them in their protests for the last 10 years?Now only interested in some mathematical calculations.naturally in international community and india also went to sleep when they see that the local tamil leaders are also asleep and coundn’t care two farts,they will think why should they put their nose into it,the tamil people must be happy,otherwise their leaders would be agitating for some action.

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      ‘The western Civilization’? is rather reluctant to accept the number of death as they were also involved in the massacre directly and indirectly. Recently it was revealed, that the British government was destroying the documents relating to their involvement against the Tamils from 1979, during JR’s Presidency. It was further revealed that the British government allowed visa free entry ( visa on arrival) to the Tamil boys and girls to discourage them joining the LTTE?.
      Their appearances are deceptive and it will be a waste of time to expect Britain to help the Tamils. British diplomacy to words the Tamils is much more dangerous than the weapons they issued to the Srilankan Government to kill the Tamils..They are more concerned with ‘Animal Rights’ (dogs which is fine), than the human rights.

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    Aptly put it ….. There’s no place for the Wicked…….

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    The rest is in India, UK, Canada and Germany seeking asylum

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      appuhamy

      “The rest is in India, UK, Canada and Germany seeking asylum”

      Sure along with the Sinhala/Buddhaists who helped the Tamils to escape from Sri Lanka. You forgot down under, Italy, ……

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    There were satellite pictures of thermal imaging before the aerial and ground killings and the aftermath of that.
    All these must be still available to view by the interested parties I guess with America???
    No Srilankan government wanted to see these images because aptly put it Covered under the Carpet.
    No one need to view, forgotten people were killed because they were from the minorities.
    Why UNHRC / UN too kept mum??

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      analyst
      “Why UNHRC / UN too kept mum??”

      us ,western europe,india have got the sri lankan government that they want.If the rajapakshes who are close to china is in government,suddenly they will all be extremely interested in the ‘poor’ tamils who were killed.tamils are just pawns.

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    Indeed the public secret been reveled by Samapathan very reasons of his survival not that other than any of Tamil Terrorist leaders,(of TULF and Federal Party). He( Samapathan ) sees that because he and his hard core cadres of TNA, follow up that politics GUN Points by several years. Bunch of TNA leaders were that behind by proxies of LTTE armed struggle over more than 30 years.
    Now Samapatah has shifted from that Gun point polities turn into that so-called leader of Opposition for the alternative for Democrtiac Governances in an Island.

    Well, reputed arms and weapons that smuggle are living in aboard by whom it may concern were closed to TNA’s Sampatah leadership..
    Having said that so-called MOU with LTTE and TNA that current leadership agreed by support for that LTTE Armed Struggle, by saying that TNA , offer for the Tamil Eealm to be installed for Tamils ruthless regime in North…..!.

    All Tamils are regardless rich and poor, high and lower cast of Dravidian know that very well that Tamil Nadu of Indian NOT easy win Eealm in Republic of Indian. An Undenibially ” Home Land of all Tamils” that so-called Tamils dreams that cannot achieve that soil of Indian Republic is far from reality in contempeory World .

    To be gain Tamil Nadu for that Tamils homeland is not possible or not easy task for coming centuries, in fact quite impossible by any means globally .
    So unlike other Tamil Terrorist political out-fits of that Federal Party , Tamil United Liberation Front and while that TNA realized an Island of Sri Lanka is weakest point to claim to gain “Tamil Homeland” that Projects proposed encourage by United Kingdom an immediately after that Ceylon won Independence from British Rule in 1948 .

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      Sirisena Yatawara, Even after all these years, if you have learnt nothing, you will never learn how to be a human. Your bravado hinges on the strength of the numbers of those who share your view.
      .
      History, if you could look at it impartially, will tell you that we agreed to live with you on the promise that no harm will befall us Tamils, if we chose to live as one nation. You broke your word in no time. Ever since, it has been broken promises, one after the other.
      .
      We were brought to submission by your police, by your military, and by your thugs let loose.
      .
      What LTTE did was to speak to you in your own language. We couldn’t rise against you; TNA wouldn’t dare rise against LTTE.
      .
      Sampanthan was not addressing you. He was addressing the few rational people amongst you. Those reasonable people won’t say anything against you out of the same fear we have for you.
      .
      Enjoy your time while it lasts!

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      We all know that you are a Sinhalese Buddhist Fascist , who constantly posts anti Tamil rubbish on this forum. A man who hates Tamils but has a pure Tamil derived surname. Yata or bottom in Sinhalese is derived from the Tamil word Adi or Yadi meaning the foot or bottom. Wara meaning the edge border or boundary is derived from the Tamil word Varai or Varambu , What a joker.

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    It is really strange that the politicians of Ceylon allowed Chelvanakam who was born in Malaya and entered this country illegally during British colonial rule to demand a Federal System of Government and later a separate State for the descendants of Dravidian slaves brought by colonial rulers to work in their plantations. What is more strange is our du*b politicians entering into pacts with Chaelvanayam instead of deporting him to Malaya or to Hindusthan.

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    According to the 6thAmendment to the Constitution:
    “No person shall directly or indirectly, in or outside Sri Lanka, support, espouse, promote, finance, encourage or advocate the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka”.
    ——
    The penalty for violating this Constitutional Amendment is severe. It includes confiscation of movable or immovable property. But to my knowledge no such punishment has been given to anyone who has been demanding a separate State. It is high time that the Government act based on the Constitution and confiscate all the movable and immovable property of Demala politicians who talk about a separate State.

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    When he was in opposition political it cultivated the spirit that allows opponents to cooperate now The Position of the Leader of the Opposition was removed now he is opening the topics so new generation grows up to keep things in hot line

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    The rest went to India and the West.

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    Why are you asking this only in a election year you motherfucker?Were you sleeping all this time and sumanthiran dancing with the new constitution.Anyway how credible is the 400000 figure?If some buggers had gone abroad or died of old age, would it have been updated in the records there.Was a physical count ever made to check on the 400000 figure?The 290000 of course is a physical count.So a physical count must be compared to another physical count to arrive at a deficit of 110000,otherwise it won’t be accurate.that is why in companies they have the annual stock count to check with the stock records.If it does not tally then the physical count becomes the new balance in the stock records.Has that been done to get your 400000.If there was a physical count and if there was only 300000 the new figure will be 300000 and the records would have been updated.Don’t suddenly get up and come up with your garbage.go back to bed.The 290000 is a physical count and is very accurate,but the 400000 we can never be certain is the correct figure.

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      Shut up Chingkallam posting under a Thamizh identity. Your comment is very abusive , how the hell did the moderator allow this abusive nonsense to be posted by this racist moron?

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    “What has been happening to the Tamil people as a result of the war that is being waged in the North and the East? There is constant aerial bombing, continuous aerial bombing, sometimes several bombings per day. There is constant multi-barrel rocket launcher fire, constant artillery fire, all into civilian populated areas…”
    ———-
    If you guys told your Sun God to surrender without firing multi-barrel rocket launchers and artillery at SL Army these things would not have happened. You guys did not do that because you believed that an Angel will come and rescue him and take him to a faraway land.

    “You sent food, medicine and other supplies only for that number – 60,000 or 70,000. When the number was as large as 350,000 why did you restrict the number to only 60,000 or 70,000?”
    ————
    Now you admit that the Government sent food, medicine and other supplies.

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    Has anybody asked why Sampanthan of late calls himself Rajavarothiam Sampanthan now instead of R. Sampanthan (இராஜவரோதயம் சம்பந்தன் instead of இரா. சம்பந்தன்in Tamil)?
    *
    It has little to do with new found fondness for his father but with the fact that his father’s name is the same as that of Rajavarothiam, the much respected first FP MP for Trincomalee (1952-63).
    *
    Sampanthan’s memory is calculative.
    Why has he not talked about these numbers when they mattered most?
    It is not just him. All of them play games.
    Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam carefully avoids reference to his grandfather’s politics.
    CV Wigneswaran cannot remember his slippery stand on the pollution of well water in Chunnakam by waste oil a few years ago.
    Anandasangary cannot remember his endorsement of the bombing that killed children in Senchcholai during escalation of conflict by MR.
    Amnesia is a great political asset.

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      As you say SJ all the buggers are arseholes.Only difference is the corrupt and less educated sinhala politicians are bigger arseholes and in the long run the sinhalese will suffer much more with them than the tamils with ours.However because finally what happens in the country affects all of us eventually,we will all suffer including muslims.

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        shankar

        “As you say SJ all the buggers are arseholes.Only difference is the corrupt and less educated sinhala politicians are bigger arseholes”

        SJ never described SWRD Banda (a Tamil Descendant) and the weeping widow as arseholes. So please don’t put words into his mouth.

        By the way Dutta Gamani had a degree and also accumulated lots of wealth, G L Pieris is supposed to be a highly educated scholar, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe is double doctorat, MR and Namal Baby a law graduates, Udhaya, ………………….. Dayan!!!!, ….. Do you think these are people who are privilege to have education are not bigger arseholes?

        Could you please please define “less educated”.

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          native
          i think our parliament has about 98 guys who are not o level qualified.Among the tamil parliamentarians i think it will be less because the tamils be more choosy.

          About SWRD,i think he will be a telugu descendent.The nayakkar was title given to the tax collectors of the vijayanagar empire ,which was a andra pradesh one.

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      SJ

      “It has little to do with new found fondness for his father but with the fact that his father’s name is the same as that of Rajavarothiam, the much respected first FP MP for Trincomalee (1952-63).”

      S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike:
      the paradox of authenticity

      The first thing I must do is to apologise to you for speaking to you in
      English. Owing to my long absence from my country, I am not sufficiently fluent in Sinhalese to be able to address you in Sinhalese
      at length. That is a fault that can be easily remedied. What is more
      important is that my heart should be sound. And I can assure you
      that my heart is Sinhalese to the core.
      (Bandaranaike 1963, 83)

      Politics and Poetics of Authenticity: A Cultural Genealogy of Sinhala Nationalism
      Harshana Rambukwella

      SJ
      Let’s go back to the Sinhala Only ACT of 1956.

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    The rest got killed by your tribe, sir!

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    The South East Asia countries in a ‘state of war readiness’ are India/Pakistan and India/China.
    LayPersons pay for the ‘readiness’ but some individuals, no secret who they are, profit from this.
    .
    South East Asian countries in a state of civil war are SL (formerly Ceylon) and Myanmar (formerly Burma). For both, international countries see the need for ‘reconciliation’
    .
    In Myanmar, the Burmese Junta swim in wealth.
    In SL the Lankan Elites get richer by the hour while layLankans worry about the next meal.
    This started with the language/religion-divide and seventy years later, is as strong.
    .
    Is ‘reconciliation’ possible?
    Not when SLPP goes to the polls shouting “Reconciliation will destroy the country”.

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      K.Pillai,
      “Is ‘reconciliation’ possible?”
      Not as long as Vigneshwaran says ‘Sinhalayo are not welcomed in the North”. Shivajilingam says ‘If we cannot break the country to two, we will break it to four’. Some other racist politicians say ‘No Buddha statues in the North’. Reconciliation is a non-starter as long as racist Wellala elite hypocrite politicians are there. They want to depict Sinhalayo as the arch enemy of Demala people in order to hide the fact that it is Wellala elites who are the real enemy of low caste Demala people who are the majority in the North.

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        Eagle Blind Eye with bird’s brain

        “Not as long as Vigneshwaran says ‘Sinhalayo are not welcomed in the North”.

        Not as long as …….Pon Ramanathan ………………….
        Not as long as …..G G Ponampalam….
        Not as long as ….. SJV Chelvanayakam ………….
        Not as long as …….A Amirthalingam …………….
        Not as long as ……….V Prabaharan ………..
        Not as long as …….. R Sambandan …………..
        Not as long as …. …. A Sumanthiran
        Not as long as …… A AAAAA
        Not as long as ………….X
        Not as long as ………..Y
        Not as long as …….. Z

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    R Sampandan

    Even a kid knows the answer.

    Add those gulped that (cyanide} capsule to the total plus living in India & the west bootlicking for green pastures.

    Forget & restart your life sir.

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    Some are thinking Sampanthar was asleep for 10 years and waking up now. I think he still is..
    It is the Sinhala political and religious leaders spent years to achieve this. They all have earned the Hero status, CBK, Ranil, Old and New Royals. Is there a theory saying that want voluntarily give it back? We lived with them for life time and negotiated for 70 years. The truth is, there will be no investigation and no solution in Lankawe, irrelevant of who comes to power. Unless International Community want to do those it will never happen. Unless Sampanthar tell this in cut & dry manner to the diplomats he meets, he cannot wake up from his slumber.

    The only possible solution in Lanakwe is UN interfering in the investigation and sending a constitutional expert to separate Tamils and writing them a new constitution. If Sampanthar cannot get this message trough, nothing will ever happen.

    Remember, Ranil has taken another $1 Billion from China. Is that the guy saying that he sold the Hangbangtota and Five Villages land to China because he was not able to pay back the loan?

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      Mally,
      Didn’t Sampathar’s TNA Political cadres were escorted by Pirahaparan’s LTTE Cadres before the Old King took over?.
      And went through every Village from Pt Pedro to Madavachi and right across from Mannar to Batti, instructing the poor Village Folk how to tick the TNA Box.
      So Sampathar couldn’t have been asleep .

      Mally ,I know you still want the Tamil Kingdom in Jaffna to rule even Batticolao . as same as Pira wanted,
      But Batti is becoming more and more difficult to getl , with that fella Bathtudeen in charge.

      Did you hear what he said about that Petition of our Sinhala Buddhists, Environmetalists and even NGOs who want to save the forests to keep CO2 levels low for the benefit of their pay masters.

      In contrast to the TNA, I think AAVA is a better proposition for the Jaffna Inhabitants..
      That Dude who chatted to Chatura made me really impressed amidst sadness as well as happiness..

      He articulates the plight of the non TNA well.
      And their and their future generations wishes to going forward..

      It is in fact very similar to our old JVP who expressed similar wishes at one stage
      And sacrificed thousands of innocent lives for those false promises.
      And betrayed them totally for 25 Lakhs in Ruppiahs from Dr Ranil, who is a descdant of the Political outfit, who caused most of those deaths..
      In fact Dr Ranil is alleged to have been involved in Batalanda Death Camps himself.

      What surprises me how Sampathar has changed .
      Has Sampathar watched that Chatura show on Derana?.

      One thing I must emphasize here is how AAVA stopped the Curse of Ragging in Jaffna and Batti Campuses.
      Poor students who come there are from poor families.
      Their whole life have been torturous .

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    Sambanthan: Tamils do not count them. Tamils like Army fellows better. Where was Sambanthan, when LTTE was kidnapping children as soldiers, Pregnant women was used to dig bunkers.Sambanthan know only Sinhala people Ask any thing from them. TNA is a wasted lot now. some how they want to stay employed. I here, Sumangthiran is bugging Sambanthan to get the Leadership post.

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      … … ‘I here, Sumangthiran is bugging Sambanthan to get the Leadership post’. Hear, hear!

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    Sambanthan counts are wrong. sinhala Army saved 350,000 from Mullativu. So, only 50, 000 left. what happenecd to the 20,000 All were black tigers and Homicide bombers (Sambanthan’s final figure is 60,000 – 70, 000).

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      JD

      where did you get the figure of 350000.I remember then at that time 290000 being incarcerated in the barbed wire surrounded camps. So if you say 350000 were rescued by the army and 290000 in the camps,then the balance 60000 rescued by the army would have been taken by gota away and killed on the spot.I remember seeing a photo of EROS leader and his son rescued by the army and then nothing heard of them.

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    Dear Sambanthan Aiya! (Some want to call as Aiyo!) Why are you now publicizing that the area was under provided citing statistics? Who is cheating whom? A person of your stature should provide the source of your statistics. I agree with you that it is not matter can be swept under the carpet. Once in Singapore, an MP made an audacious statement about the state of affairs in the Health sector. At once a select committee of Parliament was appointed to investigate the matter and the MP was proved a liar under oath. The privileges committee of Parliament slapped a fine of 50,000 Sin Dollars. Aiya! For God’s sake, represent the interest the of the people of your electorate well. Typically, you drag a mass grave, say in Mannar, thinking that it is good propaganda material for you but only to find that it is much older than expected, which is consistent with the chronicles that a Hindu King of the North committed genocide upon slaying Tamil Christian converts. Is this kind of backfiring in the interest of many a diaspora who lives surrounded by white Christians in western countries? Aiya! Think before you leap. Don’t think that the young of the North are prepared to tolerate you anymore.

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    Wait a minute. I am not a great Mathematician but according to my calculations 400,000 minus 290,000 is 110,000. Now I ain’t no Gauss, Euler or Newton, but 110,000 may have died during the WAR.

    Now we were in the middle of a WAR weren’t we? So, for all those civilians who undermine our efforts at the battle field, let me tell ya that in War people DIE. Was that all too surprising to all of ya?

    No, don’t be. And don’t even think about starting another WAR against the government because guess what will happen? Again people will DIE.

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      Rtd. Lt. R.S.Perera
      How many were taken away in buses from the Mullivaikal coast, by the Army, to vanish completely?
      You are an army man.
      You should know.

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        This bugger Perera would never reveal anything. BP being hidden in Toronto, issuing his kind of sillystatements instead.
        These men should be destroyed to the manner Saudis do it in that part of the world.
        We are ashamed to be sinhalayas really.

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        Justice,

        You don’t need to be an “Army man” to have common sense.

        If the government wants to make them vanish the last thing they would be doing is taking them in buses.

        Don’t watch too many Holocaust movies. And don’t try to equate Nazi Germany with the 21st century Sri Lanka.

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          It was the army who brought the buses and loaded the shell-shocked civilians into them including a Catholic priest and the buses vanished from the site.
          This is well documented.

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          Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera

          If the government wants to make them vanish the last thing they would be doing is taking them in buses.

          Thats what United nation is after

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      Shamal,

      They didn’t die you fool. YOU killed them.

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    Mr Sampanthar When are you going to ask the govt to Comply with the human rights framework and implement the recommendations of the UNHRC Resolution 30/1.

    • Reduce the military presence and order the military to cease surveillance, intimidation and harassment of the local population, civil society, NGO staff and journalists.
    • Order the military to cease all commercial activities by dismantling military-run hotels, farms and other businesses.
    • Ensure land rights for IDPs by releasing all occupied areas to the public and resettle all IDPs, wherever possible, on their traditional land. If land is absolutely necessary for public purposes, the government needs to legally acquire the land and inform owners of the particular purpose and also compensate them accordingly.
    • Consult the displaced people on the resettlement process and make them aware of the resettlement plan. IDPs must participate in the implementation of the resettlement process.
    • Compensate IDPs whose houses and other properties were destroyed by the military.
    • Provide IDP camp inhabitants and the resettling IDPs with sufficient basic facilities like drinking water, electricity and sanitary facilities. Also access to schools and health facilities needs to be ensured.
    • Support the development aid agencies in resettling IDPs and developing their traditional livelihood.
    • Ensure adequate standard of living for women-headed households so that their families do not have to suffer from hunger and malnutrition.
    • Ensure access to the sea and coast for local fishers and find a durable solution to stop the destruction of fishing resources by Indian trawlers and fishermen from the south of Sri Lanka in the waters of the Jaffna Peninsula.
    • Protect women from gender-based violence and ensure that women are able to file a complaint without fear of retaliation.
    • Respect the role of civil society organizations in the reconciliation process and in the empowerment of the people.
    https://www.gfbv.ch/wp-content/uploads/our-land-our-life_def.pdf

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      Anpu

      Come back to the real world. Don’t accuse or expect our dear leaders to comply with your dreams. Read New Suthanthiran, official paper of TNA. Latest issue highlights that Sumanthra has brought ” light “. to Vadamaradchi. You know what he did with his MPs allocation of money. Just changed few street lights with LED bulbs and locals are happy !

      TNA got what they wanted from this govt. Tax free car permits given to Mavai Senathirajah, S Sridharan, S Sivamohan, N Sivasakthi, S Yogeswaran, E Saravanapavan which they sold immediately with huge profits , and millions of rupees to all TNA M Ps for supporting the budgets. What else they need ? Have you seen people questioning them? No. They too are happy and wait with garlands to receive their MPs.

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      How can Sampanthar do this with one foot in the UNP, 1/2 foot in the TNA and 1/2 foot in the Tamil Arasuk Kadchi

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        K.Anaga, Do you realise that you have just put your foot in your mouth!

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    “At least 350,000 to 400,000 people”

    At least 350 k or at least 400 k? Mr Sampanthan is just spinning stuff.

    Now – did this “at least” 350 to 400 k include LTTE cadres- Makkal Padai etc etc.

    Don’t you think many managed to get out and appear in Countries all over world.

    How many of these trying to cross over to the “ Genocidal Sinhala Army” controlled territory could have been killed by LTTE?

    I think you should ask some rehabilitated or otherwise ex LTTE leader- or perhaps the Field Marshall himself to clarify these matters to you.

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