29 September, 2020

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Somebody Has Gone In A Helicopter And The Buried Gold Has Been Taken Away – Sampanthan

“I have got information now, Sir, how Nadeshwara College and a house opposite it were bulldozed yesterday. They found gold there in the premises of this house. Apparently, a person who is not there now had buried the gold there in his foundation thinking that it will be safe. It appears the gold has been taken away.” leader of the Tamil National Alliance, R. Sampanthan said yesterday.

” ‘Somebody has gone in a helicopter’, I am told. The gold has been taken in a helicopter. So, I do not think, Sir, these are good things. I do not think these things should be allowed to happen. I heard many people talk about the TNA today. Unfortunately, I do not have the time to deal with all that. But, you have much more to do with the LTTE than me. I do not know who KP is. I have not seen him. But, he is your buddy. There is a Minister in your Cabinet who has been referred to the LLRC Report in regard to something that happened in Batticaloa sometime ago. You had the former Chief Minister in the Eastern Province who did not win this time. You made him win.  I have nothing to do with the LTTE. You have a lot to do with them. Can you deny the fact that the LTTE influenced the election verdict in your favour in December, 2005? Can you deny that? So, please do not throw stones at us. We have nothing to do with the LTTE. We worked with them to bring about a political solution when we needed to work with them, but beyond that we never had any talk with the LTTE. I want to say that on the Floor of this House, and I want everyone of you to get that very clearly, that you have much more to do with the LTTE than I have or that we have.” Sampanthan made above remarks in the parliament yesterday.

We publish below the speech in full;

Sampanthan, leader of the political proxy of the Tamil Tigers, the Tamil National Alliance, addresses reporters during a media conference  in ColomboMr. Chairman, I want to commence my speech by referring to the comments made by the Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena on the question of democracy. I will speak about this later in the course of my speech. But, let me publicly state that the most democratic election conducted in recent times in the past several decades was undoubtedly the election conducted by Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike in 1977.

We are now discussing, Sir, the Votes of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development and also the Votes of the Ministry of Law and Order. Our points of view may not be the same as the points of view of the Government. We listened to the Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena patiently and quietly and did not disturb him. We do hope that even if our points of view are different from the points of view expressed on behalf of the Government, you will kindly extend to us the same courtesy.

I propose, Sir, in the course of my speech today, to deal with the presence and the actions of the armed forces and of course, of the police, particularly in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. I must say that though the police may be accused of inaction at certain point of time, in the course of the elections in the Northern Province – I happened to be there quite frequently when the elections were taking place – the police officers, particularly those in the higher hierarchy of the police in the Northern Province, seemed very receptive to whatever we had to say. I also observed that at the meetings that were conducted on behalf of the TNA, there was police presence in sufficient numbers to ensure that the meetings were conducted without much disturbance. In any case, Sir, both the armed forces and the police are instruments of the Government and cannot but be reflective, at least to some degree, of Government policy. I propose, Sir, to deal with the role of these institutions, particularly during the course of the elections in the Northern Province, particularly by the armed forces.

And, in the course of doing so, rather than expressing my own views, which may be looked upon as views of the TNA and therefore not deserving of much attention, it is my intention to place before this House the views of very independent persons and institutions. I would think that such views would need to be taken quite seriously by the Government, in particular.

Elections, Sir, are a matter of concern to everybody. The preservation of a genuine democratic process is vital. It is the final bulwark of a free society. If we are not be able to have free and fair elections and if the democratic process cannot be upheld in a very upright way, this country cannot be a free country. What happened during the course of the Elections to the Northern Provincial Council, which were held after a long period of time? I think, Sir, I need to deal with that and in dealing with that, probably, the best way for me to present a very objective analysis would be to refer to the reports made by independent institutions and personnel who came in the form of both domestic and international observers. We had a team that came from the SAARC countries; we had a team that came from the Commonwealth and we had a team that came from the domestic non-governmental Organizations which monitor elections. I propose, Sir,  to read to this House, the observations that had been made by these independent institutions because I do not want anyone to say that this is the TNA point of view.

May I first read, Sir, the views expressed by the monitors who came from the SAARC countries, which were reported in the “Ceylon Today” of 30th September, 2013. I quote:

The Group noted that during the campaign period, on behalf of the government, various authorities were announcing schemes or making promises, which is not conducive to maintenance of a level playing field between the various contesting parties, and puts the parties other than the ruling party at relative disadvantage. The use of government resources, including vehicles, buildings and personnel needs to be better controlled for achieving this.

The Group was dismayed by the role of the Armed Force personnel in an attack on the house of a contesting candidate, which event was recapitulated in a press conference by a PAFFREL representative who was at the scene. This was also corroborated by a reliable independent source. There was also information from reliable sources about their involvement….”

The armed forces’ involvement.

“……..in distribution of pamphlets and involvement in transportation of voters in support of selected candidates.

The publication of a fake copy of the newspaper “Uthayan” which was given considerable publicity by a TV channel was one of the glaring incidents of misuse of freedom of press and media for partisan purposes.

The newspaper had published false news of the alleged change of party by the very candidate whose house was attacked on the 19th night, and it also had an alleged statement of boycott of the poll by one party.”

That is, by the TNA. The article further states, I quote:

“The Group is not aware of any action taken for stopping the display of misleading information by the TV channel on the day of the poll.

There were reports of enticement for temporary government staff and involving of government staff in campaign-related activity during office time. The more blatant was the reported use of the trainee nurses, pupil teachers, teachers, newly recruited graduates, samurdhi workers, civil defence services workers in campaigning, during and outside office hours. It will be worthwhile to consider a law for prohibiting government servants from indulging in political activity, even outside office hours”.

This is what the Commonwealth Observers say.  There was a newspaper that came out – a fake copy of the “Uthayan” newspaper, which in fact, stated that the TNA had withdrawn from the contest and there was a TV channel called DAN TV in Jaffna which kept on publicizing that report throughout the whole day. I sent a fax to the Commissioner of Elections with regard  to that matter.  I will place that matter before the House before I finish my speech.  This was the way in which the elections were conducted in the Northern Province and this report refers to the role of the armed forces and also the Government servants in regard to the manner in which these elections were conducted.  There were a few questions asked from the Commonwealth Observers, Sir.  I will read some of those paragraphs which clearly indicate what the Commonwealth Observers have suggested. What they have suggested is that the Seventeenth Amendment must be restored and that the Commissioner of Elections must be given a much more effective hand in regard to the conduct of free and fair elections in terms of the powers that had been conferred upon him by the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution, which unfortunately had been taken away later.

I will just read one answer given by the former Chief Elections Commissioner of India in an interview with  “Ceylon Today”, to a simple question which will put the matter beyond doubt, Sir.  I quote:

“In simple terms, the 17th  Amendment should be implemented giving autonomy to the Elections Commissioner.”

Again he says, I quote:

“Instead of a long-winded answer I will simply put it as ‘Over-arching Powers’ powers or better still, provisions envisaged under the 17th Amendment for an independent elections commission.”

He also talks of the violation of the no-campaign rule by the Government party members and the fact that the  Commissioner of Elections does not have effective control over the police force during elections after the repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment and the enactment of the Eighteenth Amendment. These are fundamental, Sir, because these are provisions that will ensure that democracy is preserved in this country by guaranteeing free and fair elections, which are necessary if there is to be a free society in this country.

Now, I will come on to the Report of the Commonwealth Observer Mission.  They have also made some comments in regard to the way in which the Northern Provincial Council Elections were conducted.

They state in the course of their Report, I quote:

“The Commissioner of Elections wrote to the Secretary-General of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and the National Organiser of the UPFA on 9 September 2013, noting that uniformed men were carrying out campaign activities for one of the alliance’s candidates, Mr. M.  Remaddious.  According to reports of domestic observer groups accredited by the Commissioner of Elections, activities in support of this candidate included organising large campaign meetings.  The Mission saw widely available photographic evidence to support this assertion.  These reports include reference to local election officials being obstructed from doing their duty in enforcing relevant regulations.

We also heard representations that uniformed personnel were distributing building materials to communities in the presence of the said candidate.

The Mission was told by a local official that the Grama Niladari had, in some villages in the Province, been approached by the military for a copy of the electoral register. Furthermore, in some instances this had been provided, and that it was subsequently used to conduct house- to-house investigation with a view to influencing the electoral outcome. An election official spoken to was directly approached for a copy of the electoral register by the military.”

These are independent reports of independent Observers who came to this country. I do not want to unnecessarily blame the military but according to the Observers, this is what the military has done, they have gone to the extent of getting hold of electoral registers and campaigning with them. Can anyone say that this is part of  military duty?

Sir, the Report goes on to state further, I quote:

“In addition to this, persons employed by the military, including the frequently mentioned Civil Defence Force, were reported by domestic observer groups to have carried out door-to-door campaigns in the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu Districts on 5 and 6 September 2013.”

There was a house of a candidate that was attacked on the night of the 19th and a domestic observer from the PAFFREL who rushed there to investigate what really happened was also attacked apparently by the military.

The Report goes on to state further, I quote:

“The Mission heard numerous representations from political parties and civil society groups about the voters’ fear of reprisals in the light of the electoral outcome, based on an apparently widely spread rumour that voting could be traced.”

So, people were made to fear that if they voted in a particular way, how they voted could be ascertained and there could be consequences which could make them victims. Of course, I must say that the observers have commented very favourably on the performance of duties by the Commissioner of Elections, his staff and the officials who were responsible for polling and counting in the Northern Province, which clearly shows that they were prepared to recognize the good work of certain officials. But, they considered that it was their duty to point out several other things that had taken place.

Again the Report states, I quote:

“These positive achievements were undermined by a compromised pre-election environment. Key concerns included the heavy presence and influence of the military, including persistent reports of overt military support for particular candidates, reported cases of the military  actually campaigning for selected candidates, and military involvement in the intimidation of the electorate, party supporters and candidates.

The role of the military in the electoral campaign was consistently described to the Mission as a significant obstacle to a credible electoral process.

Furthermore, the fundamental freedoms of association and assembly were constrained in the pre-electoral period.  Opposition candidates and their supporters, as well as voters at large, faced instances of intimidation and harassment, and the freedom to hold campaign meetings and openly interact with the electorate was restricted.

There were numerous reported cases of misuse of public resources, ranging from misuse of government personnel, vehicles and facilities for partisan political activity to inducements offered to public officials and voters, including conditional job offers, conditional higher salaries and the cancellation of loans.  The media environment appeared constricted.”

“The 18th Amendment to the Constitution, enacted in 2010, undermined the constitutional and legal framework for a credible and competitive election.  In particular, the provision for an independent Electoral Commission has been negated.

Furthermore, there was an inadequate enforcement of existing laws.”

The Report goes on to state, I quote:

“In this context, while voters on Election Day were able to express their will, serious and fundamental shortcomings in the equally important pre-election period meant that in our overall assessment, the 21 September 2013 Northern Provincial Council Elections did not fully meet key benchmarks for democratic elections.”

This is a Report of the Commonwealth Observer Mission.  So, I do not think that this is an acceptable state of affairs in this country.  Given the fact that 2014 is generally looked upon as an election year where elections will take place in other parts of the country, not merely other Provincial Council Elections, there could be bigger elections.  If this is how democracy is going to be practised, that may not be very desirable; it may not be a very good thing.

Our own domestic organization, the PAFFREL also made its comments known.  It has issued a report where the same matters have been reiterated in perhaps a more effective way as they were able to interact with the people much better and get more information.  So, Mr. Chairman, this is a matter of grave concern, because if this type of thing is allowed to go on – CaFFE also confirms that.

The CaFFE Interim Report on Sri Lanka NPC Election 2013: Signs of Hope Over the Broken Palmyrah Towards a Civic Administration for the Northern Province states, I quote:

“CaFFE observers confirmed that the Military attempted to procure a copy of the Voters’ Registry through Grama Niladaris, Divisional Secretaries and Election Officials.  The Military officially requested the Jaffna Elections Commissioner for a copy, which the Commissioner Mr. Achchudan rejected by saying, “The Army has nothing to do with this election.”  Similar attempts were made to obtain the Registry through Grama Niladaris in Mullaitivu.”

The report continues to state, I quote:

“The Northern Province is the most highly militarized region in the country. There are close to 30 Army camps along the A-9 road from  Vavuniya to Jaffna.

CaFFE observer in the North reported 18 incidents where unidentified men who have short hair that walk according to marching rhythm  were conducting propaganda activities in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, and  Mullativu on September 19. All propaganda activities were to   stop on 18th September…..”

So, this is how the military has been behaving and this is how they have been involved in the elections. We won 30 seats out of 38 seats. – [Interruption.] I cannot hear you, Hon. (Dr.) Sarath Amunugama, but I would like not to be disturbed.

සභාපතිතුමා

(தவிசாளர் அவர்கள்)

(The Chairman)

Yes, Hon. (Dr.) Sarath Amunugama.

ගරු (ආචාර්ය) සරත් අමුණුගම මහතා

(மாண்புமிகு (கலாநிதி)  சரத் அமுனுகம)

(The Hon. (Dr.) Sarath Amunugama)

I would like to say that you have a lot of experience about elections in the North. Whatever these people say, there may be some truth in that, you will have to admit the more basic fact, that this election comparatively was a free and fair election. You will have to admit that. – [Interruption.]  So, you are admitting that. We have to make progress slowly.

ගරු ආර්. සම්පන්දන් මහතා

(மாண்புமிகு ஆர். சம்பந்தன்)

(The Hon.  R.  Sampanthan)

I will answer you. We are discussing the Defence Vote. We are discussing the military. I must say that the election day was reasonably free and fair but even on election day if you go through the reports, you will find that there were military personnel standing outside the polling booths to interfere. I am saying, we can have political rivalry but if the presence of the military in Jaffna, when it is looked upon as being oppressive,  in such a way even during an election campaign so as to influence a result through a process of intimidation and coercion,  is that acceptable? Is that acceptable? Can we permit that? If that type of thing is going to happen in the Northern Province, in the course of the Northern Provincial Council Elections, what guarantee is there that it is not going to happen in Kandy in time to come? It will not take too long. It can happen in any part of the country. Involvement by the military in this way in the election process is totally unacceptable and must be stopped. It is indicative of the excessive, oppressive military presence in the North and the thinking on the part of the military that they are entitled to control and determine all activities in that territory. That is unacceptable. That is the point I seek to make, Sir. Who was responsible for this? Was it the Army Commander in Jaffna? Was it the Governor who was the former Army Commander who campaigned for the ruling party? The present Governor of the Northern Province campaigned for the ruling party.

ගරු (ආචාර්ය) සරත් වීරසේකර මහතා (කම්කරු හා කම්කරු සබඳතා නියෝජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යතුමා)

(மாண்புமிகு (கலாநிதி) சரத் வீரசேகர – தொழில், தொழில் உறவுகள் பிரதி அமைச்சர்)

(The Hon. (Dr.) Sarath Weerasekara – Deputy Minister of Labour and Labour Relations)

Sir, I rise to a point of Order.

සභාපතිතුමා

(தவிசாளர் அவர்கள்)

(The Chairman)

What is your point of Order?

ගරු (ආචාර්ය) සරත් වීරසේකර මහතා

(மாண்புமிகு (கலாநிதி)சரத் வீரசேகர)

(The Hon. (Dr.) Sarath Weerasekara)

A person of your calibre and stature should not give false information.

ගරු ආර්. සම්පන්දන් මහතා

(மாண்புமிகு ஆர். சம்பந்தன்)

(The Hon.  R.  Sampanthan)

Can the Government absolve itself from responsibility –

ගරු (ආචාර්ය) සරත් වීරසේකර මහතා

(மாண்புமிகு (கலாநிதி)சரத் வீரசேகர)

(The Hon. (Dr.) Sarath Weerasekara)

The army has not done that. Do not give false information. You are misleading the House and the public. Therefore, please do not give false information.

සභාපතිතුමා

(தவிசாளர் அவர்கள்)

(The Chairman)

Hon. Sampanthan, you carry on.

ගරු ආර්. සම්පන්දන් මහතා

(மாண்புமிகு ஆர். சம்பந்தன்)

(The Hon.  R.  Sampanthan)

Thank you, Sir.

Sir, I want to deal with a certain other question. That is the plight of civilians, particularly women, and civilian activities including IDPs – Internally Displaced People, their livelihood, their freedom of movement and the ability to lead a life with self-respect and dignity in the Northern and Eastern Provinces in the present militarized situation when discussing the Vote for the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development.

I have been careful, Sir, in the course of whatever speech I made in Parliament about my comments in relation to the military. I am aware that it is a sensitive subject. I also aware that there are many young men who were involved. I must say that, perhaps, a very large number of them are well behaved disciplined people. Sometimes, when we keep them unnecessarily in a territory for our own political purposes, they might get a little confused with regard to their role, but left to themselves, they may be decent men, decent young men. But, there has been no question about it. There can also be a certain number of bad eggs. That could be quite a number, particularly if the military is sought  to be used, in a way in which they should not be used. That number can increase.

I propose to deal with this matter not by giving you the TNA view on some of these questions but we are referring to reports of independent institutions which interact with the Government and which the Government interacts with. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in a Report has stated, I quote:

“Key concerns Outlined and underpinning this updates Are as follows:

“Pervasive presence of the Military in all aspects of life engenders a feeling of insecurity with persistent monitoring, registration and harassment of IDP and returnee populations by state officials.

Continuing insecurity of women, particularly women-headed households and single women, and inadequate monitoring, prevention and response to Sexual and Gender Based Violence. (SGBV)

Arbitrary  displacement of IDPs due to continuing military appropriation and extrajudicial acquisition of private residential and farming lands. “

This is not what the TNA is saying. This is what the UN High Commissioner for Refugees is saying. I will gone on to the next comment that this organization has made.

“Using data collected by UNHCR’s survey, there is  evidence that formal obstacles on the part of the Government restrict returnees and IDP’s access to employment and livelihoods. Indeed, 18% of  respondents noted military involvement in farming or fishing – with the highest percentage coming from Kilinochchi (25%)  Mullaitivu (26%),  and Mannar (21%) . Although a lower amount of total respondents (6%) reported military involvement in commercial enterprises, 14% of respondents from Mullaitivu and 10% from Killinochchi reported their involvement in commercial activities.”

The military is involved in farming; the military is involved in fishing; the military is involved in commercial activities. This is having an impact on the livelihood of returnees. Can this be allowed? Must this continue? These are the questions we want to ask.

I  will move on to the next issue, Sir. The Report goes on to state, I quote from page 14:

As noted above, a significant percentage of respondents noted that the military was involved in farming, fishing and commercial activities – thus placing a de facto obstacle to accessing employment and livelihoods by returnees and IDPs. Furthermore, according to information provided to OCHA fishermen face major challenges, not only regarding the lack of capital and equipment to resume fishing activities and increasing weather-related problems but there remains some restrictions to accessing their traditional fishing areas in some districts. In some cases, it is alleged that fishermen from the South have unhindered access to the coast, unlike the local fishermen who have to comply with regulations and procedure. Indeed, UNHCR’s survey noted that 3% of respondents reported military restrictions as the major impediment to restoring their livelihood.”

Sir, this is a serious problem and this is why we say that this must not be looked at in a non-confrontational way. The Government should realize that if these people are to recommence their lives and lead a respectable life in these areas, there is a need, a compulsive need.- [Interruption.] Thank you very much for your great advice. There is a compulsive need, Sir, to tone down the extent of the oppressive military presence in the North.- [Interruption.]

ගරු අල්හාජ් ඒ.එච්.එම්. අස්වර් මහතා

(மாண்புமிகு அல்ஹாஜ் ஏ.எச்.எம். அஸ்வர்)

(The Hon. Alhaj A.H.M. Azwer)

Are you not defending your own fishermen in Jaffna? 

ගරු ආර්. සම්පන්දන් මහතා

(மாண்புமிகு ஆர். சம்பந்தன்)

(The Hon.  R.  Sampanthan)

This Report further goes on to state, Sir -[Interruption.] Oh, my goodness!- [Interruption.] Mr. Chairman, may I have your attention, please? Sir, may I be allowed to continue my speech?- [Interruption.] Please answer me later on, Hon. Members. There has to some etiquette in this House. Please answer me later on. Mr. Chairman, may I continue?

සභාපතිතුමා

(தவிசாளர் அவர்கள்)

(The Chairman)

Yes, please. You can continue. 

ගරු ආර්. සම්පන්දන් මහතා

(மாண்புமிகு ஆர். சம்பந்தன்)

(The Hon.  R.  Sampanthan)

The Report goes on to state, Sir, I further quote page 18:

“The Government of Sri Lanka should develop and offer a plan that ensures the reduction of the overall military presence in the Northern and Eastern Provinces to a level consistent with the security needs in a peace time territory in-line with the recommendations of the LLRC and as part of a credible efforts to ensure justice, equality, accountability and reconciliation.”

That is the position, Sir, insofar as the military is concerned. I will now read out some of the statements made by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees after a visit to Sri Lanka. She was again compelled to say, I quote:

“I was concerned to hear about the degree to which the military appears to be putting down roots and becoming involved in what should be civilian activities, for instance education, agriculture and even tourism. I also heard complaints about the acquisition of private land to build military camps and installations, including a holiday resort.”

I am very concerned to hear about the vulnerability of women and girls especially in female headed households to sexual harassment and abuse. I have raised this issue with several Ministers, the Provincial Governors and Senior Military Commanders who attended the meeting with the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development.  I challenged them to rigorously enforce a zero tolerance policy for sexual abuse.

There are also complaints, Sir, in regard to INGOs not being permitted to carry on their work freely. The INGOs presently come under the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development. Civil society also expressed concerns about the transfer since April, 2010 of the registration audit and control functions of all NGOs countrywide to a Secretariat under the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development and the High Commissioner urges the Government to move the NGO Secretariat under the purview of a civilian Ministry. She also encouraged the Government to remove restrictions and create space for NGO and civil society activity that would support rehabilitation and reconciliation particularly, in the psychosocial field and to consult with and empower communities to find appropriate forms of local and national commemoration and memorialization. So, even the INGOs are being restricted, Sir, and here, I have a very graphic document, a document released by the “Human Rights Watch”. I do not want to comment on this, Sir, at great length, but it has monitored sixty acts of sexual abuse of persons who have been in custody. Both at official detention centres and unofficial detention centres, where the victims had been interviewed; where medical evidence had been sought and where there is proof; incontrovertible proof, a period of time as a continuing process, Tamils are being sexually abused particularly, females, even males in detention centres. The document released by the “Human Rights Watch” in early 2013 puts the matter beyond doubt. I do not propose to read any part of that document but this is something that we must be aware of. This is not, Sir. What I have stated today is not the position of the TNA. If I stated it as my position, it would not be accepted, may not even be considered. But, I have placed it from documents which nobody can controvert, nobody can contradict and which must be accepted as being something that is indisputable. What is happening in Valikamam now? Temples are being destroyed. Houses are being destroyed. Schools are being destroyed. I had information that was happening in Kadduvan during the latter part of the last month. I telephoned His Excellency the President on 31st of October. I spoke to him at 9.00 a.m. in the morning. I told him, “This is happening in Valikamam, Kadduvan areas. I do not think you should permit this because after all these matters are before the court, we want to talk to you and bring about some amicable solutions to this question, I think this should be stopped.”  He listened to me and said, “I will try and have it stopped, but also kindly speak to Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, my Secretary and I will also speak to him.”  I spoke to Mr. Weeratunga. I spoke to him around 12 in the afternoon. He said he will definitely take action on the matter and he would get in touch with President himself. I spoke to him again at 5.00  in the evening.

I spoke to Mr. Lalith Weeratunga. He said that the President himself has spoken to General Hathurusinghe, the Army Commander in Jaffna and that he also had spoken to him, and that it will not happen again; it should not continue and if it happens, to please let him know. That was the assurance given to me. But, two days later, I spoke to them on a Thursday. On Saturday, 2nd of November, I was telephoned by people from Tellipala Hospital saying that in an adjoining village, Varuthalai Vilan, which they were able to see from the hospital, roofs of houses were being removed, doors and windows of houses were being removed and then the houses were being bulldozed. It is in defiance of  the President’s orders; it is in defiance of the orders of the Secretary to the President. Who is responsible for this? I telephoned Mr. Weeratunga – the person who gave me the assurance – and informed him  that it is happening right now; that I just got a call from Jaffna. Nadeshwara College was the name of the school that was destroyed there a few days ago.

An Amman temple was destroyed, a Pillayar temple was destroyed and a Naga Tambiran temple was destroyed. Three temples were destroyed. I do not know who is doing this. I am not threatening anyone. But, I am only cautioning everyone that our deities are very powerful deities, and this may not be a good thing for you to do.

සභාපතිතුමා

(தவிசாளர் அவர்கள்)

(The Chairman)

Hon. Member, please wind up now.

ගරු ආර්. සම්පන්දන් මහතා

(மாண்புமிகு ஆர். சம்பந்தன்)

(The Hon.  R.  Sampanthan)

Sir, I am winding up. Please kindly give me another three minutes. I will wind up. [Interruption.]

සභාපතිතුමා

(தவிசாளர் அவர்கள்)

(The Chairman)

Please do not disturb him.

ගරු ආර්. සම්පන්දන් මහතා

(மாண்புமிகு ஆர். சம்பந்தன்)

(The Hon.  R.  Sampanthan) 

I have got information now, Sir, how Nadeshwara College and a house opposite it were bulldozed yesterday. They found gold there in the premises of this house. Apparently, a person who is not there now had buried the gold there in his foundation thinking that it will be safe. It appears the gold has been taken away.

ගරු මන්ත්‍රීවරයෙක්

(மாண்புமிகு உறுப்பினர் ஒருவர்)

(An Hon. Member)

By whom?

ගරු ආර්. සම්පන්දන් මහතා

(மாண்புமிகு ஆர். சம்பந்தன்)

(The Hon.  R.  Sampanthan)

“Somebody has gone in a helicopter”, I am told. The gold has been taken in a helicopter. So, I do not think, Sir, these are good things. I do not think these things should be allowed to happen. I heard many people talk about the TNA today. Unfortunately, I do not have the time to deal with all that. But, you have much more to do with the LTTE than me. I do not know who KP is. I have not seen him. But, he is your buddy. There is a Minister in your Cabinet who has been referred to the LLRC Report in regard to something that happened in Batticaloa sometime ago. You had the former Chief Minister in the Eastern Province who did not win this time. You made him win.  I have nothing to do with the LTTE. You have a lot to do with them. Can you deny the fact that the LTTE influenced the election verdict in your favour in December, 2005? Can you deny that? So, please do not throw stones at us. We have nothing to do with the LTTE. We worked with them to bring about a political solution when we needed to work with them, but beyond that we never had any talk with the LTTE. I want to say that on the Floor of this House, and I want everyone of you to get that very clearly, that you have much more to do with the LTTE than I have or that we have.

Thank you, Sir.

* Speech made in 3rd December 2013

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    It is great that Sambanthan is putting a clear distance between the evil LTTE and TNA’s current position. This is most welcome. It would be even better if they stop appealing to LTTE memory (as heroes and protectors) during times of elections. He should now sack Sritharan for that speech glorifying Prabhakaran — just the same way he got rid of GGP and the other two in 2010.

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      Buddy dont dream too much, weather you like it or not majority of tamils still support LTTE and their political side not violent path. GGP and others may be boycotting elections not because of they dont have support. They dont want to split the tamil vote. Just wait if TNA fails the tamils new alliance will emerge from tamil politics. Who knows one day GGP, Sritharan and others joined succeed Old political leadership. all depends on sinhala veerayas behaviour…..

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        “|”weather you like it or not majority of tamils still support LTTE and their political side not violent path.”|”
        _________________________________________________
        There is no love for terror NO-majority like to be led and they have no alternative for freedom, therefore…Impotant India with a descrete, vengeful Italian (VP’s fault to have listened to premedasa)with her knickers on the Indian leaders head- graft does not matter as long as I am the ruler is her prayer. When Indira was alive this woman was housekeeper.
        ___________________________________________________
        Narendra will help provided JT’s dont play the class wars- warriors are born like `Siva`ji.

        Hanuman ki jai.

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        J. Muthu: /weather/ or /whether/ — which school did you go to?

        The LTTE is not there anymore for the majority of Tamils to support. From what I know, GGP and a handful of idiots contested elections and lost very, very badly — so they (and what they stand for) don’t have any support among Tamils. All they can do now is to wind up some Jaffna university students into lighting lamps and getting arrested; and when the TID called GGP to come in for an inquiry (one year ago) he left the country for a brief period and returned when things calmed down a little. The students, however, were “rehabilitated” by Gota!! Influential people escape and poor chaps on the ground do silly things and get beaten up. Tamils have been through such things before — they don’t need this in the future.

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          Yes LTTE not there any more, tell me can any one win any election in Tamil areas blaming tigers for everything? Don’t thing I am a fan of LTTE. Yes LTTE made so many mistakes, No 1 Rajiv idiot murder…Kathirgamar, neelan , so many unnecessary political murders. If they alive now they will ask ealam Tamils total forgiveness for supporting Sinhala Buddhist barbarism…..

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            //If they alive now they will ask ealam Tamils total forgiveness for supporting Sinhala Buddhist barbarism…..//

            Great. You are accepting that LTTE supported Sinhala Buddhist barbarism. Please say that again a bit louder and clearer.

            You say the LTTE made mistakes; I agree.

            You say they will ask forgiveness for their actions. I don’t think so. I believe they will kill any Tamil who points out they were wrong. There is more evidence in favor of my belief.

            At least we agree 50%. Great start.

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              Feearrr, is quite simply insanity!
              Q.E.D;
              The imagination in emotion mode. – ding dong!!
              Omni-present one `den` haag, 

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        J.muthu …….. “Buddy dont dream too much, weather you like it or not majority of tamils still support LTTE” ……….. Could you supply evidence to support your sweeping claim. ……. Man when do you think your people are going to face the reality?… LTTE’s invincibility was another Tamil myth which gained currency for some time until it was shattered by its obliteration. ……… You are competing with your Sinhala brethren, Banda, Hela, Jimmy, Abhaya, Mechanic, and 20 million other Lankies. ……… Tamil Eelam was dead on arrival in 1976.

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        Did the LTTE have a non violent side . If so where was it .

        LMAO ………..

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          Abhaya Premawardena……….. LTTE was exact mirror image of JVP only difference is the language they spoke. ……….. I believe you have all the potential to be a LTTE leader. Prepare yourself, you may one day lead a much improved LTTE mark II. The Tamils need you. Would you like to be their next Moses?

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          and stop sitting on that ice -cream. 

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            Abe the Amude Native is offering you plenty of waffles,
            Like some more from gahe uda attha, kattah ekke??

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          If an elected government, which prides itself to be a “model of DEMOCRACY” Is violent towards its innocent citizens, which is supposed to treat with justice, How can you expect s supposed to be Terrorist organisation to be non-violent.

          Some people think that just because Sinhalese are in the majority they can do any crimes and that they are beyond the reach of the law!!!

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        Sambanthan should stop speaking in riddles and name the person who took away the so-called gold in a helicopter!

        Enough of these silly insinuations – either he should name names or SHUT UP!

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      Shantha you are missing the point. Sambanthan has directly accused MR for working hand in glove with KP and Karuna two of the LTTE high ranking members and mass murderers. He has also accused the govt of winning the 2005 election with LTTE help and helping Karuna win an election through unfair govt involvement. You can only see someone speaking on behalf of a dead terrorist leader as wrong.

      In Sri Lanka today terrorism has been replaced with Authoritarianism, nepotism, corruption, barbarism, vulgarism. Are we better off after 30 years of terrorism as the govt make up??

      Great speech by Sambanthan, the govt hooligans as always retort to hooting and disturbing when they have nothing to say.

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        “An emotion in imagination is insanity.”
        One thing for sure you will never get a partition because there is no blood of royalty there because they all came from the DECCAN the silk route.

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        James — I am not a fan of MR; Yes MR won because of LTTE help, which was one of the biggest acts of betrayal by the terrorists of the people they were claiming to represent. In 2005 Ranil was for peace, MR was for war; and in 2005, Tamil people overwhelmingly wanted peace. LTTE didn’t want peace. Which is what makes them terrorists. Which is why Sambathan and Sumanthiran are right to move away from their memory.

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        well said James !

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      Today I listened to the speech that Sritharen MP made at the parliament. Have you listened to it; if you are a Sinhala, did you read the translation of it? I cannot spot any instances in his speech where he was glorifying VP. He made many points in terms of how people are drawn to a man like VP; what underlaying issues that are making the people venerate VP. It is not exactly glorifying VP is it? He argued in favour of allowing the Tamil people to grieve for their dead regardless of who they are. This is exactly what Sumanthiran MP said in English.

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        Don’t you think he could have explained the plight of his people without making reference to VP and distracting the issues with memories of the evils done by VP — and doing it on the day VP declared as heroes day? Why can’t he be more tactful in the interest of making the case of his people??

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          WHY SHOULD HE OR ANY OTHER SRI LANKAN DO SO? THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOT DONE SO AND IN FACT THE GOVT HAS ACTED UNPATRIOTICALLY BY ITS SUPPORT AND PROTECTION OFFERED TO LTTE MASS MURDERS KP AND KARUNA WHEN THE WORLD AT LARGE HAS BANNED THE LTTE. FURTHERMORE, THE GOVT CONTINUES TO POINT THE FINGER AT FOREIGN GOVTS WHO TAKE UP THE STRUGGLE OF TAMILS WHOSE FAMILIES HAVE BEEN KILLED OR MURDERED DURING THE WAR AS SUPPORTING THE “LTTE RUMP”. SRI LANKA GOVT MUST STOP BULL-SHITTNG THE WORLD AND ADDRESS THIS ISSUE WITHOUT PREJUDICE. ALL LTTE MUST BE CHARGED FOR TERRORISM AND KP, KARUNA DUO FOR MASS MURDER AND PUNISHED TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THEIR CRIME. IF GOVT OR ITS FORCES WERE INVOLVED IN WAR CRIMES THIS MUST TOO BE INVESTIGATED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. HOWEVER, WITH THE CURRENT JUDICIARY AND AG’S DEPT COMING UNDER THE EXECUTIVE, I CANNOT SEE THE GOVT INVESTIGATING ITSELF WITHOUT BIAS AND THUS THIS WOULD REQUIRE AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION PANEL. THE DAY THIS HAPPENS EVERYONE CONCERNED CAN MOVE FORWARD KNOWING JUSTICE HAS PREVAILED AND NOT BEFORE.

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            // WHY SHOULD HE OR ANY OTHER SRI LANKAN DO SO? //

            …so that there is a slim chance he will be heard. So that there is a slim chance something towards the plight of his people could be done. Instead, if he sings how great a hero Prabhakaran was, he is not going to be heard — not just in the Sri Lankan Parliament, but nowhere else in the word. In case you have forgotten, VP and his terror gang were banned by the entire international community. The whole international community got together and actively supported the Sri Lankan government to finish off the LTTE, knowing full well what the cost to the civilian population was.

            So my point is simple: Sritharan should ask himself what he actually wants. Do something towards the plight of his suffering people or soundbites of emotion drawing attention to failed terror tactics of the past. Because he does not know this difference, TNA should throw him out — just as they did to GGP.

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    “|”” I do not know who is doing this. I am not threatening anyone. But, I am only cautioning everyone that our deities are very powerful deities, and this may not be a good thing for you to do.”|””
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    Come Equinox the Italian knickers on the Indian head is gone!!!
    _______________________________________________________________________________
    The male cow would fly from the valley once again where even muzzies or Chinese dare not.
    ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ஜ
    Hanuman ki jai!!!

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      `Gooo` ta `Booo`ta and familial has AIDS – Administrative Inefficiency Deficiency Syndrome.
      _____________________________________________________________哈
      the limits of Beijing’s tolerance, s- So it was curious when Qin Gang, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, advised Sri Lanka, a nation accused of committing war crimes, to “make efforts to protect and promote human rights”.A US$500 million port in Colombo recently opened; it’s 85 per cent-owned by China Merchant Holdings International, a state-owned enterprise. That is Beijing’s second port in the country, adding to a deep-water facility in the president’s hometown of Hambantota.
      _______________________________________________________________哈
      Solution: China: Xi Jinping’s wife Major General Peng Liyuan, – In June 2011, she was even appointed World Health Organisation Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/Aids and tuberculosis. Peng Liyuan is a Chinese folk singer and actress- A household name in China. • 哈

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    Mr Sambanthan;

    That is True,
    and In Sri lanka, We have All, I mean All the Sri Lankans, You, Me, All The Diaspora, Sinhalese, thamils, Muslimans, and others with our Tax money, and our Government Budgeted money, Through The Looting Governance of JRJ, Premadasa, Chandrika B, and Now Jarapassa and Clan, Funded, Armed, And Supported KILLER LTTE.
    So you should not wants to worry.
    Now MOODA Jarapassa, Moronic, looting clan and their Governance having More connections with LTTE than the other Parties and loot sri lanka not like others did but 100 times more.

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    Actions in the past has cost the nation many thousands of lives, many more thousands of families left broken. As a nation we went backwards by many generations. More importantly we lost many just & honest leaders.
    War ended in 2009, current state of governance is appalling to say the least. It seems ‘Lessons’ are not ‘learnt’,if this state of affairs continue like this it wont be long we are forced upon a situation like in Sudan, UN sponsored separation. Bur hey who cares about country as long as the regime & it’s lackeys keep filling their coffers !

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    Mr Sambanthan said; “I am only cautioning everyone that our deities are very powerful deities, and this may not be a good thing for you to do.”
    Did not you all see that,
    Jarapassa is having Deities caught, Squeezed on his hand, And All ways Squeezing his Deities.
    I think, He, Jarapassa is more powerful than the Deities are.

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    Who in SL at, this juncture has the AUTHORITY to send a helicopter at his beck and call? NONE other than the TOP MILITARY diplomat who sent a Sri-Lankan Airline to Switzerland to bring down a PUPPY for the enjoyment of his wife….. wonder where this gold along with that of the fleeing refugees and of KP are? in containers at ARMY compounds?

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      Other thing is how did they know where the gold was buried? They must have moles everywhere may be EPDP has done an ass licking job!

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      Now even the Swiss bank is obliged to disclose funds of terrorist, and substance dealers- he nor familial cannot hide. This includes all offshore banks too.

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        ya the Swiss bank did provide some info regarding some American Accounts… now people are looking elsewhere, where they do not have natural resources and production, whether it be farming, harvesting or other but woo illegal money earners. Namely St Marino, Bussells, Bermuda,Monaco to name a few…

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          You set a thief to catch a thief – that is part of the solution like the Jewish are still hunting the Nazi.cheers

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          Snowdon Asange

          Sri Lanka is at the Verge of getting promoted to your List, with their latest enterptise.
          ” The CASINO ENTERPRISE,”.

          Snowdon Asange

          Sri Lanka is about gain admission into yout listed clubs. With the Newly created “Casino Project”.

          The Top earners of South East Asia and May be China will be in a position to deposit their money thro the Casino.

          Sri Lanka Stands to Gain.

          Sri Lanka will be the Wonder of the World|.

          Swiss will have to play Second Fiddle to the Leading Sri Lanka Fiddlist.

          with that in Pklace

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      The takers of LTTE gold have a track of other storage points and follow
      up action when necessary is taken. Now a storage point established in Italy Islands for the future is plausible. She is mighty busy; read
      [Edited out]

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    Let us hope that the eunuch Azwer who must have got his balls wasted as a result of sitting on the fence and jumping to the right side and other Sinhalese racists in Parliament have half the guts of this old man whom they criticize. Sambanthan is right in putting a distance between himself and the LTTE. As he said in his first speech, LTTE was heroic and relevant as long as it fought for the Tamil cause against its armed enemies. It became irrelevant the moment it attacked innocent Sinhalese and killed righteous Tamils like Neelan Tiruchelvam and Amirthalingam who also fought for the Tamils. Sambanthan is and will become a revered leader of the Tamil cause, not only because of the fact that he has withstood much as a result of his long leadership but because of the continuing admiration he evokes. He fights, let is not be forgotten, for the Sinhalese as well against a rotten regime of genocidal maniacs.

    Let Mr Azwer, the Arab kallathoni, not speak too much. His own people are suffering while he enjoys the peanuts thrown to him by the big monkey. He will be treated as a war criminal too simply for stooging greater war criminals.

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    money greedy people never allow even to a corpse to stay in peace?

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    Mr Sambandan has made serious allegations here which must be answered (in a democratic country, which we know, SL is not)

    1. Who took the gold? Not everyone has access to helicopters. So, the finger points at obvious persons, including Rajapakse and Hathurusinghe. An obvious presumption needs to be rebutted.

    2. Was Prabhakaran bribed so that the Tamils did not vote in 2005 enabling Rajapakse to win?

    3. Why is the government consorting with KP, Karuna and Pillayan, known leaders of the LTTE, still within the criminal jurisdiction of Sri Lanka? Can the government
    then accuse that the diaspora is supporting the LTTE or that the TNA is LTTE when the hardcore leaders of the LTTE remain with the government without trial for the many homicides they committed?

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      MR does not want the LTTE aspects to go away; if they do, it will be inimical to his project. He can hide all the economic blunders, nepotism, gerrymandering, and profiteering only by projecting the LTTE remnants. The TNA have successfully elevated themselves above the MR regime in terms of moral high-ground. This is why that despicable Muslim MP Assure has been tasked to smear TNA whenever Sampanthan or Sumanthiran rise to speak at the Parliament. The problem is that, the majority of the Sinhala give a toss about what MR does as long as he does not give into the Tamil demand. JRJ’s claim still valid that as long as he staves the Tamils, the Sinhala will be happy or something to this effect. Unless the Sinhala take collective responsibility and show concerns for their Tamil brothen respecting democracy allow an acceptable solution endeavoured, nothing will happen. This is why, NPC chief Minister has appealed to the IC; there is no hope for the Tamils; our foundation is systematically being dismantled. The future Sinhala generation will carry this guilt; just like the Germans do about the Holocaust!

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      Kabaraya,
      You are living in stone age man….. any one can rent a helicopter!!!!

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    Any simple-minded Lankan will know why these ex-LTTEers are kept in
    “Golden Cages”. They are pointing to themselves as war criminals and keeping the probable witnesses to support the culprits at the Independent
    Investigations if they ever take place.

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    it is my earnest desire to see K A Sumansekera (Lee Potter Leela) and Jim softly and Ella Kolla become MP’s that way all budding psychiatrists will have a good case study for the exams ;-))

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      . You mean the Vellala Sumanasekera!!!!
      :-)

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      you will be a good case study for all the VD experts .

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        Tadpole (゜゜)~ all the VD experts .QQ|QQ (゜゜)~(゜゜)~(゜゜)~(゜゜)~(゜゜)~
        Tontería,
        Vini vd Vici___”Too hot to hoot”

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        aney aney your getting angry that you name is not on the list neda uncle ? dont worry justl the like the great sri lankan cabinet i too will expand my list and put you on it,happy now?

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      can you please include Fathima Shittyfuma please. Fuku will feel most displeased if left out of the company

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        ooops sorry how can i have forgoten dear old lorenso of lankaweb (fathima fukushima)!

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      then i would [Edited out]

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        still struggling with replies are we Ella Kolla?

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    MARA and his family is now ruling the country.There are so many “[Edited out]”including Ruling party MPs and Ministers support the family for their own benefit’ They even give their [Edited out] to MARA and his brothers and sons for money.It is the fate of the country that we don’t have a powerful opposition party or the civil society movement to defend the “MODA” masses of this country. Sampanthan is perfectly correct about the situation in Northeast.The Mara,s family is greedy for gold. They tool kilos of gold from Praba’s treasury.We had LTTE to challenge the regime in a strong manner even violently until May 2009 and now we have only TNA to bring some amount of pressure with international support.We don’t have any other forces that could counter the Mara regime at national level.

    Mara should realize that too much of oppression will help to produce anti sentiments and ultimately resulted with strong counter forces fighting for freedom.It is True that majority of Tamils are still with LTTE since they consider that the LTTE was the only force which fought for the rights of Tamils even by sacrificing their lives.The Govt. forces have further facilitated to this tendency by demolishing the well maintained cemeteries of their loving ones and by brutally killing them at the last phase of the war.It is further promoted by banning the remembrance activities by Tamils.The cold war among brothers,MARA and GOTA has already started after the dissolving of the Defense media unit which was headed by Hulugalla who was a Mango friend of Gota.Wait and see more things to come.

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    While commending Hon. Sambanthan’s speech in parliament I need to say this. Was not LTTE the product of TNA’s predecessor Federal Party? LTTE has much blood on its hands with their suicide bombings, killing of poiliticians and dissenters. Atrocities were committed by both the state and the LTTE. Both parties were terrorists in that they struck terror in people by their actions.

    Reconciliation requires retribution, atonement ansd sincere wish to bring back the estranged and ostracised innoncent Tamils into the fold of the country’s development and progress.

    The government must give them back their lands and opportunities to sustain their economic stability which they previously enjoyed. They should be given opportunies in education, employment and most of all their dignity as ethnic Sri Lankans.

    But first and foremost the government must comply with the requests made by international bodies and governments to account for war crimes.

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      “|” the product of TNA’s predecessor”|” Hmmm The product of P?P.Cheeee??
      ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬۞۩_______________________▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬۞۩
      The statistical average of all the frogs is not equivalent to each and every frog!! ▬۞۩
      You `Crock`-et pretty effortlessly??

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      Well said,Pearl.

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        “|” Well Said”|” `Va_mane`(^‿◕)

        Attu patti folk in cock a doodle do fiesta.
        ___________________________________________________

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDobN8mX3sI

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    •Fact1: Rajapukka gave money through Tiran Alles to Thamilselvan of the LTTE in the Vanni jungles – Rs. 185 million.

    •Fact2: LTTE top commanders are hand in glove with the Rajapukka and his brothers. We do not need evidence, simply go to the parliament and take a look. Karuna (no one knows how he became a minister) an ex-LTTEr murdered 600 surrendered policemen and not he is Rajapukka’s wonderboy.

    •Fact3: Gota Goobayapakse ordered the killing of Lasantha.

    •Fact 4: SLA Army – murdered poor Tamils in the Vanni during the final phase of the war.

    •Fact5: LTTE murdered all innocent intellectuals among the Tamils and poor Sinhalese farmers who could not defend themselves.

    •Fact6: Rajapukka takes a kickback of 10-15% of all Chinese contracts -already made over 1.2 billion U$.

    •Fact7: LTTE is not an elected government, simply a creation of the successive governments of Lanka. They do not represent all the Tamils. I am a Tamil and cannot stand them.

    •Fact8: GOSL an elected government, at least that is what Rajapukka tells everyone. We know what happened and how Basil was involved. They are to work and represent everyone.

    etc, etc!!!!

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    Sampanthan is certainly showing he is an elder statesman of Tamils. Along with Sumanthiran and Wigneswaran, he makes SL Tamils proud of the good side of Tamil society. Tamil society of course has its bad side as well, but things will hopefully work out in the direction of bringing out the good more and more.

    A noted Indian journalist wrote recently that Sampanthan reminded him of the Roman senators of yore, in both bearing and eloquence. May he live long and continue to give leadership to the battered Tamils in SL.

    But the TNA should not stop with parliamentary speeches; it should leave no stone unturned–including forming good working relationships with any decent members of the GoSL and the Opposition– to try to bring relief to the people, while steadfastly upholding its principles.

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    The army is reportedly disobeying direct orders from the president.
    This is the first symptom of a military ruler being slowly overshadowed by the evil he employs to keep political,racial and ethnic groups under subjugation – which will ultimately end in a Military Regime – like in some south asian countries.

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      I don’t believe that is the case. I think the family is still in full control of the military, and what is going on–the assurance to Sampanthan by Lalith Weeratunga– seems to me the habitual dissembling of the Rajapaksa regime.

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        Agnos,
        Do you mean to say that the ‘family’ are responsible for the actions of the army in the north?

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          Yes. I meant to say there probably was no direct order from the family to prevent the Army from doing it. The family knows all about what is going on. I remember how Joseph Pararajasigham, MP, was killed by the paramilitary shortly after he had been part of a TNA meeting with the Rajapaksas at Temple Trees.

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    We should understand the fact the terror, counter terror, state terror all are linked to one. That is the right of the Tamils of North East. Both LTTE and TNA are outcome of the denial of rights of the Tamils and violence against Tamils by Sinhala thugs sponsored by Sinhala Politicians. If the principles of democracy and rule of law is understood by Sinhalese, there is no need to blame TNA or LTTE.

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      Ajith,
      What are these “rights” that we have not given to the Tamils in north and east? Do you want to include the low caste Tamils, estate Tamils, also into this? Or do you need a separate list of rights for the low caste Tamils?

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        The right of self determination. First, when you say “we give” what does that mean? It clearly illustrates that you are the person decides on what to give and what to take. What we wants is that the same right enjoyed by you to decide on our matters.

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    New LTTE leader. When will be his Nanthikadal?

    If Tamils have gold buried in their houses, demolish them and get the gold. Make them useful.

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      Fat-shit-ma a sad racist low life pig always talks garbage. Have you ever been to school you human excrement? You are a turd with a computer.

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      Fatshitma, shut the hell up turd.

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    If it is true, the allegation of Mr Sambandan that gold was stolen using a helicopter is true, then a crime has been committed. The presumption is that the crime was committed by Huthurusinghe or Rajapakse. Who else can authorize the use of a helicopter? The justices of the Supreme Court have original jurisdiction to inquire into crimes. They will not. They have let so many murders of Tamils, journalists and schoolboys to without any inquiry and pretend to be independent judges. It shows the quality of our judges and the state of our nation. May be we will have to dig in the back of Rajapakse’s house to find the gold after he is deposed.

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    If you know everything, why don’t you say who is this “Somebody is”??

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    TNA’s “Terror Sira” praised Praba as their best Leader only a few days ago in the same chamber….. Vella Wiggy called the same Praba his Hero soon after becoming the CM…..And LTTE proxy Sambandan says, quote ” We have nothing to do with the LTTE” unquote..Will the great majority of the Inhabitant population who now live in peace and harmony even in Vellala Territory along the extending Marine Drive buy this ???….

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      Amude Sekera [Edited out] ? TRY TN SENNA for control freaks- preek preek

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    All most all the Gold Holdings in Praba’s Treasury were Jewelry , including “Lite” Thalis of the poor, either confiscated of paid as ransom to save their young becoming Martyrs…What a better place to safe keep this Treasure than under the foundation of the Assembly Hall of the Nadeswara College….. Pottu would have made sure that only a very very selected few are privy to the location of this treasure….Wasn’t Sambandan hand picked by the Supremo himself at the last Election???…..

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      Vammne sumane, why have you got a rocker fart that has tickled your balls to see `Tamil Treasure` at the end of the rainbow???

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      …………… Are you suggesting that Pottu Amman has recently tipped off Gota about the location of gold as part of a series of deals he is negotiating with the defence secretary? …………… Has Pottu Amman been sharing Gota’s bed? ……….. Where does Gota’s wife sleep now?

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    The government must acquire all undeclared buried gold and use it for development work in the north. Peoples tax money only cannot rebuild north and clear all the land mines put by LTTE!!!

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      email…………..”The government must acquire all undeclared buried gold and use it for development work in the north.”………….Gota has already acquired most of LTTE gold from Vanni. …………. The only issue here is that he hasn’t declared it. ……. Since you have raised the issue, please contact Gota.

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        the problem is when you contact the goat, he might send some boys with pistols to see the complainant in the middle of the night. Then chapter closed for the poor soul. Can’t the goat send someone to see Fathima Fukushima????

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