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WikiLeaks: American Assistance To Track Prabakharan

By Colombo Telegraph –

“The defense Secretary also repeated that the GSL would be willing to offer amnesty to all LTTE fighters, save Prabakharan and Intelligence Chief Pottu Amman.” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.

Ambassador also raised potential USG assistance tracking Prabakharan if he manages to flee Sri Lanka

According to an unclassified cable, which Colombo Telegraph found from the Wikileaks archives, US offered their assistance to track LTTE leader Prabakharan. The cable, written on April 15, 2009 recounts details of a meeting between the Secretary Defense Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the US Ambassador in Colombo Robert O Blake.

The Ambassador wrote “In a meeting with Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Ambassador pressed Rajapkasa to have the military exercise restraint and not enter the safe zone by force. The Defense Secretary again assured Ambassador that the military would not take the safe zone by force ‘ceasefire or no ceasefire.’ Rajapaksa did outline a strategy in which the Sri Lanka forces would attempt to take territory to get closer to the safe zone so that they could better broadcast messages to civilian population urging them to flee. Rajapaksa indicated that the military was attempting to divide the safe zone in three parts but didn’t specify how it would do so while maintain his pledge not to enter the area forcibly. Rajapkasa stated that had the LTTE released some number of civilians the pressure would have been on the GSL to extend the 48 hour ceasefire. Because LTTE continued operations against the GSL the ceasefire expired.”

Gotabhaya scared Sinhala Nationalists

Under the subheading “Goatabhaya Repeats Amnesty Offer” the US Ambassador wrote “The defense Secretary also repeated that the GSL would be willing to offer amnesty to all LTTE fighters, save Prabakharan and Intelligence Chief Pottu Amman. Ambassador asked whether this message had been widely communicated to LTTE fighters at the front. Rajapaksa said that such offers had been quiet and implied that Sinhalese nationalist parties (JHU, NFF and JVP) would react loudly if such offers were publicized too widely. Ambassador noted that without a more public effort to communicate the offer of amnesty, the effectiveness of such a move would be muted. Ambassador also raised potential USG assistance tracking Prabakharan if he manages to flee Sri Lanka.”

Shelling before ceasefire ended

Ambassador Blake also wrote “Media and private reports confirmed that the military has recommenced operations following the end of the 48 hour ceasefire declared by President Rajapaksa on April 12. The UN reports that the shelling started around 9pm on April 14 (before the 48 hour period ended) and Tamil sources indicated hundreds of casualties by mid-day April 15” placing a note Blake further wrote “ Such reports from Tamil sources cannot be confirmed and are frequently exaggerated.” To Read another Gota – Blake meeting visit “ WikiLeaks; Gota to provide mercenaries to Afghan war” http://colombotelegraph.com/2011/10/06/wikileaks-%E2%80%93-gota-to-provide-mercenaries-to-afghan-war/

For further details read the full cable;

O 151056Z APR 09
FM AMEMBASSY COLOMBO
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9797
INFO AMEMBASSY ATHENS
AMEMBASSY BANGKOK
AMEMBASSY DHAKA
AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD
AMEMBASSY KATHMANDU
AMEMBASSY LONDON
AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI
AMEMBASSY OSLO
AMEMBASSY TOKYO
AMCONSUL CHENNAI
AMCONSUL MUMBAI
AMCONSUL TORONTO
USEU BRUSSELS
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK
USMISSION GENEVA
HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HI
DIA WASHINGTON DC
NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC
SECDEF WASHDC
CDRUSARPAC FT SHAFTER HI//APCW/APOP//
CDR USPACOM HONOLULU HI//J3/J332/J52//
UNCLAS COLOMBO 000418

SENSITIVE

STATE FOR SCA (BOUCHER), SCA/INS AND PRM
STATE ALSO PASS USAID
AID/W FOR ANE/SCA, DCHA/FFP (DWORKEN, KSHEIN)
AID/W FOR DCHA/OFDA (MORRISP, ACONVERY, RTHAYER, RKERR)
ATHENS FOR PCARTER
BANGKOK FOR USAID/DCHA/OFDA (WBERGER)
KATHMANDU FOR USAID/DCHA/OFDA AND POL (SBERRY)
GENEVA FOR RMA (NKYLOH, NHILGERT, MPITOTTI)
USUN NEW YORK FOR ECOSOC (D MERCADO)
SECDEF FOR OSD - POLICY
PACOM ALSO FOR J-5

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREF MOPS PHUM PGOV PREL ASEC CE
SUBJECT: Northern Sri Lanka SitRep 53

Ref:  A) Colombo 414  B) Colombo 413  C) Colombo 412  D) Colombo 411
 E) Colombo 402  F) Colombo 401  G) Colombo 400  H) Colombo 396  I)
Colombo 393  J) Colombo 384  K) Colombo 374  L) Colombo 368  M)
Colombo 361

1. (SBU) SUMMARY:  Ambassador pressed Defense Secretary Rajapaksa to
exercise restraint to ensure civilian casualties are minimized in
the safe zone.  Rajapaksa repeated the GSL offer of amnesty to all
LTTE fighters, except LTTE leader Prabakharan and Intelligence Chief
Pottu Amman.  The government restarted operations at the close of
the 48 hour ceasefire last night (April 14).  Reports indicated
heavy shelling and Tamil sources reported numerous casualties this
morning.  UNSYG CoS Nambiar arrives tonight (April 15) for meetings
on April 16-17 to work to end the conflict in "orderly and peaceful
way."  ICRC evacuated 514 persons on April 14.  WFP is planning a
1000MT food shipment to the safe zone on April 20.  End summary.

Ambassador Presses Defense Secretary
to Exercise Restraint
------------------------------------

2. (SBU) In a meeting with Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa,
Ambassador pressed Rajapaksa to have the military exercise restraint
and not enter the safe zone by force.  The Defense Secretary again
assured Ambassador that the military would not take the safe zone by
force "ceasefire or no ceasefire."  Rajapaksa did outline a strategy
in which the Sri Lanka forces would attempt to take territory to get
closer to the safe zone so that they could better broadcast messages
to the civilian population urging them to flee.  Rajapaksa indicated
that the military was attempting to divide the safe zone in three
parts but didn't specify how it would do so while maintaining his
pledge not to enter the area forcibly.  Rajapaksa stated that had
the LTTE released some number of civilians the pressure would have
been on the GSL to extend the 48 hour ceasefire.  Because the LTTE
continued operations against the GSL the ceasefire expired.

Gotabhaya Repeats Amnesty Offer
-------------------------------

3. (SBU) The Defense Secretary also repeated that the GSL would be
willing to offer amnesty to all LTTE fighters, save Prabakharan and
Intelligence Chief Pottu Amman.  Ambassador asked whether this
message had been widely communicated to LTTE fighters at the front.
Rajapaksa said that such offers had been quiet and implied that
Sinhalese nationalist parties (JHU, NFF and JVP) would react loudly
if such offers were publicized too widely.  Ambassador noted that
without a more public effort to communicate the offer of amnesty,
the effectiveness of such a move would be muted.  Ambassador also
raised potential USG assistance tracking Prabakharan if he manages
to flee Sri Lanka.

48 Hour Ceasefire Ends; Shelling Begins
---------------------------------------

4. (SBU) Media and private reports confirmed that the military has
recommenced operations following the end of the 48 hour ceasefire
declared by President Rajapaksa on April 12 (Ref B).  The UN reports
that the shelling started around 9pm on April 14 (before the 48 hour
period ended) and Tamil sources indicated hundreds of casualties by

mid-day April 15.  (Note: Such reports from Tamil sources cannot be
confirmed and are frequently exaggerated.)

Nambiar Visit
-------------

5. (SBU) UN ResRep Neil Buhne reported to Ambassador that UNSYG'S
Chief of Staff Vijay Nambiar would arrive tonight (April 15) for
meetings on April 16-17.  Ambassador plans to meet Nambiar and Buhne
on April 17.  Buhne reported that Nambiar, a former deputy Indian
National Security Advisor, comes to Colombo to explore ways on
ending the conflict up north in an "orderly and peaceful way."

ICRC Evacuates 514
------------------

6. (SBU) The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
confirmed they evacuated 514 wounded and family members on April 14.

Food Shipment Planned for April 20
----------------------------------

7. (SBU) The World Food Programme (WFP) reports that they will
likely begin loading a cargo ship with approximately 1,000 MTs of
mixed food commodities.  WFP hopes to depart Trincomalee with the
food on April 20.  The GSL has yet to give clearance for medicine to
be included in the shipment.

Military Reports 239 Arrivals
-----------------------------

8. (U) The military reports that 239 civilians including 96 children
fled from LTTE-controlled territory on April 14.

Sea Tiger Attack Thwarted
-------------------------

9. (U) The Navy reported they successfully stopped an LTTE sea
infiltration bid off the coast of Mullaitivu this morning (April
15).  According to the reports two LTTE suicide boats launched the
attack.  One boat was destroyed and one was captured.   The Navy
believes that at least 10 LTTE cadres were killed in the clash and
the captured boat had been fitted with C4 explosives to carry out
the suicide mission.

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  • 0
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    so US also help this bloody war then.

    • 0
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      . What was the big reason for USG to protect Prabakaran and Pottu Amman who were terrorizing entire country for three decades. What is the US stand on Gadaffi.

    • 0
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      US asked a US citizen and he complied, while Sl army killed Piripaharan.
      But now claims he was the one who won the war. It’s a team effort under Mahinda’s leadership.
      But now the same bullets are with an increase budget is ready to rule for a long long time.
      Sad- apita kakiri.

      Kumar

  • 0
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    Congratulations to the Rajapakse brothers for getting rid of this hindu tami terrorist leader. SL is now a much better place after the crushing of terrorism.

  • 1
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    clear indication US try to work political stream in Lanka

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