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WikiLeaks: Gota Agreed To Provide US A Copy Of Prabhakaran And Karuna Tape

By Colombo Telegraph

“Gothabaya told us that the government was sure the LTTE did not believe in a political solution. He said the GSL has recently come into possession of a videotape of a speech by Prabhakaran apparently recorded about two months after the signing of the CFA in 2002. In the video, Karuna was standing next to Prabhakaran and introduced him. Prabhakaran asserted that the LTTE knew it would never reach its goal of a Tamil Homeland (“Eelam”) through peaceful means. He told Karuna’s cadres, who were about to return to the East, that the CFA only signified a pause for the LTTE, during which they could regroup, rearm, resupply, recruit and retrain. Gothabaya agreed to provide the Embassy a copy of the tape.” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.

The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database. The cable is classified as “Confidential” and recounts a meeting the US Embassy had with the Secretary to the Ministry of Difence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The cable was written on March 14, 2007 by the US Ambassador to Colombo Robert O. Blake.

The ambassador Blake wrote; “PDAS Steven Mann, accompanied by Ambassador and Pol Chief, met Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa on March 8. Gothabaya, noting that an overwhelming majority of Sinhalese Buddhists had voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2005, told us that his brother’s popularity among the majority community was still strong. However, Sri Lanka’s system of proportional representation in Parliament meant that the President’s party would never secure an absolute majority on its own. This, he explained, had made it necessary to create such a big cabinet to satisfy everyone. Mann responded that the President’s considerable political skills and his strong support made him the right leader to make progress on a solution to Sri Lanka’s ethnic problem. The U.S. hoped that the new power-sharing proposals that emerge form the current consultation process would be of a quality that hadn’t been seen before.”

“Gothabaya thought the government could reach out to the Tamil people, particularly their educated technocrats. ‘People need to know that there is a normal life waiting for them after the conflict,’ he said. It was therefore important for the government to intervene immediately and do development work in the areas in the East that had recently come under its control. The Tamils also needed genuine representation, Gothabaya said. The people had no confidence in the Tamil National Alliance, which was simply a placeholder for the LTTE. On the other hand, Gothabaya asserted that previous attempts by Sri Lankan government to ‘introduce’ alternative Tamil representatives in the North and East had failed, and would not work in the future, either.” Blake further wrote.

Ambassador Blake wrote; “Gothabaya said that over the next six months, the military planned to consolidate its control over the East, then stabilize the border region adjacent to the LTTE-held Vanni. Vavuniya remained a problem, with much LTTE infiltration, which was also causing problems in an east-to-west arc toward Mannar. In order to secure unfettered access to the population in government-held Mannar, the army would seek to push the Tigers back a bit more. The government would try to deny the LTTE resupply of arms and ammunition, then put pressure on them to return to the negotiating table. Gothabaya noted that cutting off arms LTTE shipments to Sri Lanka might be easier than stemming financial flows. The Tigers didn’t need t bring the money they raised abroad to Sri Lanka he said, but used it abroad to purchase arms. While the Navy and other security forces had found i difficult enough to choke off LTTE resupply of mmunition, it was worth the effort to try to do s. While Prabhakaran, with his terrorist mentaliy, would likely never give in, his younger cadre might eventually grasp that there is no militar solution to the conflict, he thought. Prime Minister Wickremenayake had visited a number of Southeast Asian countries and concluded MoUs on cooperation against LTTE arms smuggling with sevral governments, including Indonesia and Thailand, Gothabaya noted. He added that the LTTE arms ship sunk on February 28 had refitted and replenished in an Indonesian harbor. However, Gothabaya thought that the LTTE smuggling operations were not occurring with the approval of those governments, but that certain corrupt officials were abetting them.”

We give below the relevant part of the cable;

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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 03 COLOMBO 000416 

SIPDIS 

SIPDIS 

DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INS AND SCA/RA
MCC FOR S GROFF, D NASSIRY, E BURKE AND F REID 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/13/2017
TAGS: PTER PGOV MOPS PREL CE
SUBJECT: SRI LANKA: DEFENSE SECRETARY OUTLINES SIX-MONTH
MILITARY STRATEGY 

Classified By: AMBASSADOR ROBERT O. BLAKE, JR.  REASONS: 1.4 (B, D)
¶2.  (C) PDAS Steven Mann, accompanied by Ambassador and Pol
Chief, met Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa on March 8.
Gothabaya, noting that an overwhelming majority of Sinhalese
Buddhists had voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2005, told us
that his brother's popularity among the majority community
was still strong.  However, Sri Lanka's system of
proportional representation in Parliament meant that the
President's party would never secure an absolute majority on
its own.  This, he explained, had made it necessary to create
such a big cabinet to satisfy everyone.  Mann responded that
the President's considerable political skills and his strong
support made him the right leader to make progress on a
solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic problem.  The U.S. hoped that
the new power-sharing proposals that emerge form the current
consultation process would be of a quality that hadn't been
seen before. 

¶3.  (C) Gothabaya told us that the government was sure the
LTTE did not believe in a political solution.  He said the
GSL has recently come into possession of a videotape of a
speech by Prabhakaran apparently recorded about two months
after the signing of the CFA in 2002.  In the video, Karuna
was standing next to Prabhakaran and introduced him.
Prabhakaran asserted that the LTTE knew it would never reach
its goal of a Tamil Homeland ("Eelam") through peaceful
means.  He told Karuna's cadres, who were about to return to
the East, that the CFA only signified a pause for the LTTE,
during which they could regroup, rearm, resupply, recruit and
retrain.  Gothabaya agreed to provide the Embassy a copy of
the tape. 

¶4.  (C) Gothabaya thought the government could reach out to
the Tamil people, particularly their educated technocrats.
"People need to know that there is a normal life waiting for
them after the conflict," he said.  It was therefore
important for the government to intervene immediately and do
development work in the areas in the East that had recently
come under its control.  The Tamils also needed genuine
representation, Gothabaya said.  The people had no confidence
in the Tamil National Alliance, which was simply a
placeholder for the LTTE.  On the other hand, Gothabaya
asserted that previous attempts by Sri Lankan government to
"introduce" alternative Tamil representatives in the North
and East had failed, and would not work in the future, either. 

COLOMBO 00000416  002 OF 003 

¶5.  (C) Gothabaya said that over the next six months, the
military planned to consolidate its control over the East,
then stabilize the border region adjacent to the LTTE-held
Vanni.  Vavuniya remained a problem, with much LTTE
infiltration, which was also causing problems in an
east-to-west arc toward Mannar.  In order to secure
unfettered access to the population in government-held
Mannar, the army would seek to push the Tigers back a bit
more.  The government would try to deny the LTTE resupply of
arms and ammunition, then put pressure on them to return to
the negotiating table. 

¶6.  (C) Gothabaya noted that cutting off arms LTTE shipments
to Sri Lanka might be easier than stemming financial flows.
The Tigers didn't need t bring the money they raised abroad
to Sri Lanka he said, but used it abroad to purchase arms.
Wile the Navy and other security forces had found i
difficult enough to choke off LTTE resupply of mmunition, it
was worth the effort to try to do s.  While Prabhakaran,
with his terrorist mentaliy, would likely never give in, his
younger cadre might eventually grasp that there is no
militar solution to the conflict, he thought. 

¶7.  (C) rime Minister Wickremenayake had visited a number of
Southeast Asian countries and concluded MoUs oncooperation
against LTTE arms smuggling with sevral governments,
including Indonesia and Thailan, Gothabaya noted.  He added
that the LTTE arms hip sunk on February 28 had refitted and
replenished in an Indonesian harbor.  However, Gothabaya
thought that the LTTE smuggling operations were not occurring
with the approval of those governments, but that certain
corrupt officials were abetting them.
BLKE
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    No one can deny the fact that Tamils do have problems.The problems can be solved only through negotiations .All Prapakaran wanted was Eelam,nothing else.There were so many opportunities to solve the Tamil problem.When Chandrika brought a package in August 2010,Tigers didnt support it.Not only the Tigers,but the Tamil leaders including Sampanthan also didnt support it.The Tamil leaders keep telling the innocent Tamils that the “Sinhala ” governments wont give anything to the Tamils.When the government comes up with some solution,they oppose it.Because they can only survive as long as the Tamil issue is there.

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      how long will it take for the srilankan government to give autonomy to the tamils or materialise the a 13a or declare srilanka as a democratic country. what Mr. prabakaren told in public speech is a aked truth and it has been proved by this time the whole world may now know that srilankans are cheating once before it was known only to the tamils in sruilanka but now it got concealled to the whole world

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    you are correct Dr Rajmogan,

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    Prapakaran could not solve the problem, because the West was pushing the Tamil diaspora leasers to carry-on the war. The LTTE had many opportunities to solve the problem, but they didn’t. Doesn’t matter how much I tell you guys you won’t understand, because you are not smart as the Chinese leaders. The Westerners even surprise the devil. You need lot of knowledge to understand the West. The TNA and TGTE won’t let Sri Lanka to move forward. The Tamil and Sinhala leaders are not smart enough to understand Delhi or the Westerners.

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    Well Gota, you never had any intention of granting asolution based on the 13th amendment to the tamils, did you? Why were you complaining about what VP’s intetntions were. There is no difference between your stand and VP’s stand on this.

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    Gota lets start with finding the killers and the master killer who ordered the execution of Lasantha? Do you have a tape?

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      Peter

      Why asked Gota? GO and your mother. It appears that Gota has already given to her.

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