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WikiLeaks: Major General Chandrasiri Confided MOD Instruction To US

By Colombo Telegraph –

A leaked “secret “ US diplomatic cable, dated May 18, 2007, updated the Secretary of State on Sri Lanka’s issue of paramilitary operations shows then military commander in Jaffna and present Governor ,Northern Province Major General  G.A. Chandrasiri, confided Ministry of Defence instruction to US Ambassador Robert O. Blake.

Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General G.A Chandrasiri escorts US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher and Ambassador Robert O Blake

“In the meantime, these paramilitary groups give the GSL a measure of deniability. Jaffna Government Agent K. Ganesh told us that some military commanders in Jaffna, including Major General Chandrasiri, want to clamp down on paramilitaries but have orders from Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa to not interfere with the paramilitaries on the grounds that they are doing ‘work’ that the military cannot do because of international scrutiny. On December 7, 2006, Chandrasiri confided to Ambassador Blake in Jaffna that the Defense Ministry had instructed him not to interfere with ‘military intelligence’ operations (ref E).” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.

The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database. The cable is classified as “SECRET” and discuses Sri Lanka’s paramilitary operations and written by the Ambassador Robert O. Blake.

Under the subheading “GSL Finds Paramilitaries Useful” the Ambassador wrote “The GSL sees several advantages in allowing paramilitary groups to operate in the country. Paramilitary groups in the North and East help the GSL fight the LTTE and compete with the LTTE for public support and new recruits. These groups also enhance security in Colombo by kidnapping and sometimes killing those suspected of working with the LTTE. Frequent abductions by paramilitaries keep critics of the GSL fearful and quiet. Ultimately, the GSL’s objective is to turn Karuna and EPDP leader Douglas Devananda into pro-GSL political leaders in the East and North, respectively. The government hopes this will ensure long term control over these areas even if some form of devolution is instituted.”

“The GSL has a history of funding paramilitary groups. Popular Tamil TV talk show host Sri Ranga Jeyaratnam (strictly protect), who has close personal ties to the Rajapaksa family, pointed out that under former President Kumaratunga, the GSL had begun the practice of paying paramilitaries to refrain from engaging in criminal pursuits. Several Embassy interlocutors have independently confirmed this. However, Ranga said that the current government, cash-strapped, has ended this arrangement. Instead, he alleged, Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa has authorized EPDP and Karuna to collect the money from Tamil businessmen. This may account for the sharp rise in lawlessness, especially extortion and kidnapping, that many have documented in Vavuniya and Colombo. Even though EPDP and Karuna are each comprised nearly exclusively of ethnic Tamils, the crimes that they commit are almost always against other Tamils. Karuna Group Becomes Pre-eminent Paramilitary” Blake further wrote.

Related news; WkiLeaks: Gota Authorized Paramilitary Operations – Sri Ranga

Below we give the relevant part of the cable;

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Friday, 18 May 2007, 09:22
S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 06 COLOMBO 000728
SIPDIS
SIPDIS
DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INS
MCC FOR S GROFF, D TETER, D NASSIRY AND E BURKE
EO 12958 DECL: 05/18/2017
TAGS PGOV, PREL, PTER, PHUM, MOPS, CE
SUBJECT: SRI LANKA: GSL COMPLICITY IN PARAMILITARY
FACTIONS’ HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
REF: A. COLOMBO 591 B. COLOMBO 561 C. COLOMBO 463 D. COLOMBO 460 E. 2006 COLOMBO 2056 F. 2006 COLOMBO 1896 G. 2005 COLOMBO 2157 H. 2004 COLOMBO 1219
Classified By: Ambassador Robert O. Blake, Jr., for reasons 1.4(b, d)
1. (S) SUMMARY: Allegations of government complicity in crimes committed by organized paramilitary groups have mounted in the last year. Paramilitaries such as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)-breakaway Karuna group and Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) have helped the Government of Sri Lanka (GSL) to fight the LTTE, to kidnap suspected LTTE collaborators, and to give the GSL a measure of deniability. The GSL, which denies any links to paramilitary groups, has recently touted its efforts to improve its human rights record, such as the re-publication of procedures on arrests and detentions and the appointment of a “One-Man Commission” to investigate reported disappearances (ref C). However, these efforts so far appear aimed more at improving Sri Lanka’s image abroad and have yet to produce concrete improvements in the human rights situation. Outside the capital, the incidence of human rights abuses has continued, including extrajudicial killings, abductions, child trafficking, extortion, and prostitution. President Rajapaksa’s government, strapped for cash, has cut direct payments to paramilitaries initiated by former President Kumaratunga and instead turns a blind eye to extortion and kidnapping for ransom by EPDP and Karuna. While many of the charges against the government have been made in public fora, a growing number of trusted Embassy contacts, often at personal risk, have described in detail the extent of the GSL’s involvement with paramilitary groups. END SUMMARY.

GSL Finds Paramilitaries Useful
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2. (S) The GSL sees several advantages in allowing paramilitary groups to operate in the country. Paramilitary groups in the North and East help the GSL fight the LTTE and compete with the LTTE for public support and new recruits. These groups also enhance security in Colombo by kidnapping and sometimes killing those suspected of working with the LTTE. Frequent abductions by paramilitaries keep critics of the GSL fearful and quiet. Ultimately, the GSL’s objective is to turn Karuna and EPDP leader Douglas Devananda into pro-GSL political leaders in the East and North, respectively. The government hopes this will ensure long term control over these areas even if some form of devolution is instituted.

¶3. (S) In the meantime, these paramilitary groups give the GSL a measure of deniability. Jaffna Government Agent K. Ganesh told us that some military commanders in Jaffna, including Major General Chandrasiri, want to clamp down on paramilitaries but have orders from Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa to not interfere with the paramilitaries on the grounds that they are doing “work” that the military cannot do because of international scrutiny. On December 7, 2006, Chandrasiri confided to Ambassador Blake in Jaffna that the Defense Ministry had instructed him not to interfere with “military intelligence” operations (ref E). COLOMBO 00000728 002 OF 006

¶4. (S) The GSL has a history of funding paramilitary groups. Popular Tamil TV talk show host Sri Ranga Jeyaratnam (strictly protect), who has close personal ties to the Rajapaksa family, pointed out that under former President Kumaratunga, the GSL had begun the practice of paying paramilitaries to refrain from engaging in criminal pursuits. Several Embassy interlocutors have independently confirmed this. However, Ranga said that the current government, cash-strapped, has ended this arrangement. Instead, he alleged, Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa has authorized EPDP and Karuna to collect the money from Tamil businessmen. This may account for the sharp rise in lawlessness, especially extortion and kidnapping, that many have documented in Vavuniya and Colombo. Even though EPDP and Karuna are each comprised nearly exclusively of ethnic Tamils, the crimes that they commit are almost always against other Tamils.

Karuna Group Becomes Pre-eminent Paramilitary

¶5. (S) The Karuna faction’s formal name is Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP), which means “Liberation Tigers of the Tamil People” in Tamil. This name is an attempt to sap legitimacy from the LTTE by taking the “Liberation Tigers” part of their name. In less than one year since Karuna returned to Sri Lanka, the TMVP has become the most powerful paramilitary organization in the country. It began in 2004 when Karuna broke away from the LTTE, taking about 4,000 Tiger cadres with him (ref H). After the LTTE struck back, inflicting serious losses, then-President Chandrika Kumaratunga helped Karuna escape to the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, where he remained until July 2006. He remained active in managing his cadres even while living abroad. Since returning to Sri Lanka, Karuna has used strong-arm tactics to establish a powerful paramilitary group that operates under government protection (ref D).

BLAKE

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    So this is news? How long ago was this? What have you guys nothing exclusive to write about. Wikileaks is now a fossilated non existence and the man who sparked it off will probably be sentenced to death.. Get something new on what is going on in the lives of the people who matter. [Edited out]
    As a former journalist, this is history, I can safetly say.
    This is like a gossiging old woman starved of new information goes poking around to make herself interesting and comes out with historical gossip!

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      Hello, See you can’t understand the value of this news. yes its is old story. did you knew government using paramilitary of extrajudicial activity? if you are journalist why did not you write? Again, did you know Mej Gen Chandrasiri also informed those things to US??? did you?

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        On a different note this guy Peter is not a “journalist” although he proclaims to be so ….. I hope he will think twice before he writes!

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      right, right.

      next you’ll say the nazis shouldn’t have been hung after nuremberg because the deeds they did were all in the past, and bringing all that up at that time was like old women gossiping.

      the levels to which people will bend logic and reason itself to cover up their favorite regime is just…sad.

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    So it is unpalatable to reveal that officially sanctioned goons called ‘paramilitaries’ prey on people for their existence?
    These are unemployed,unemployable persons who earn money for their existence by crime. Their leaders Devananda, Pillayan & Karuna no longer have secret handouts by the government for their survival.

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    who is this peter casie chetty? have read his filthy comments on other sites too. he is obsessed with sex. Must be the type who would even do it with a goat

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      why this comment is not been removed by the moderator. Anyways Yes. It can be a plan to wipe out terrorists. so why old news as Peter saying? Now go and play beach volleyball with bikini girls the weather is good.

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      I am not sure whether Peter is a Kotahena boy….but he certainly is a sex maniac!

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    Oh dear dear! another traitor. ;) ;) :) :) Gota please hang him like SF/ ;) :) :)

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    PETER CASIE CHETTY, Who is this [Edited out] who does not understand that war crimes, massacres, extrajudicial killings how much old or historic are still crimes against humanity and cannot escape the guillotine of justice. This donkey must be hung too for writing falsehoods and misleading the public and insulting their intelligence and the justice system.

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    Hang him!Hang the traitors of the nation.These people bend their knees when they see para sudda and betray us.

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    In the process of arguing about each others comments , these laptop goons are letting away the perpetrators of unjust.However the JUSTICE will prevail in the processes of evaluation.

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    not entirly news to Americunts either, they pay all sorts of wenkers get dirty jobs on the cheap. example – Air support to Al Quida in Libya

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      Why on earth is the “Moderator” of this website letting abusive language including the lowest possible reference to a woman’s sexual organs appear here: “americunts?”
      What standards are being applied here, CT?

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    should we not charged Chandrasiri for treason?? what reason he had to disclose government secreat to US ambasador???
    Idiot

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    we will not repeat our past mistakes. The history will not be repeated as they say. We Sri Lankans weather Tamils , Muslims or Sinhla know more than each and everybody and we will make sure no other nation , group , power to fuck our minds any more. Thank you very much and have a nice day.

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      The history is repeating today in SL

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    So what’s the big deal , Western Countries do it all the time, openly .Monkey Moon silently piss in his Pamper, whenever a Western Country violate an international law.

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      this isnt some game where one country tries to outdo each other in trying to be barbarians. what do we care what your precious western countries do? our duty as sri lankans is to mind how our country is managed.

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    ඇතැම් අවජාතිකවාදීන්ට අනුව ලංකාවේ ඔක්කොම වැඩ නෝටිය. සුද්දාගේ වැඩ ඔක්කොම චෝයි ය. අපේ රටේත් සංවර්දිත රට වලත් චෝයි හා නෝටි භාවය ගැන කතා කර කලෙකට පසුව ඒ ගැන නැවත සංවාදයක් අරඹන්නට හැකියාව ලැබී තිබේ. මෙයට ආසන්නතම හේතුව නම් ලන්ඩනයේ පැතිර ගිය කල කෝලාහලයන්ය. ලන්ඩනයේ දකුණු ප්රාදේශය හා බ’ර්මිංහැම් නගරය ඓතිහාසිකව සංක්ර මණිකයන් ජීවත් වූ ප්ර දේශයන් විය. මේ ප්රේදේශ වල දරුණුවටම ඉස්ලාම් මූලධර්මවාදය පැතිර පවතින අතර, ඇතැම් අන්තවාදී කල්ලි විසින් එම ප්ර දේශ සඳහා ස්වපාලනයක් ඉල්වන තැන දක්වා දුර දිග ගොස් අති බව පසුගිය ලිපියකදී හෙළි කරන ලදී. මෙවන් අන්තවාදී නඩයක් හා පොලිස් භටයන් අතර වූ වෙඩි හුවමාරුවකට මැදිව කළු ජාතිකයකු මිය යාම මෙම් ගැටුම් වලට ආසන්නතම හේතුව විය. දින කිහිපයක් පුරා ඇවිලි ඇවිලී පැතිරී ගිය මේ ප්රගචණ්ඩ ක්රිකයා මේ වන විට පාලනයට බ්රිුතාන්යව රජය සමත් වී ඇතත් ඒ කිහිප දෙනෙකුගේ මරණයන් හරහාය. අවජාතිකවාදීන් හෝද හෝදා මඩේ දමන ගැටුම් නිරාකරණය, මානව හිමිකම් හා සාම සාකච්ඡා යන කරුණු ගැන නැවත බැලීමට අපටද කාලය එළඹී තිබේ.

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      Pointing the finger at imperialist crimes as justification for ‘Third World’ regimes’ crimes amounts to a logical fallacy.

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    For the victims of paramilitary crimes, what has happened is a big deal indeed.

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    Remember the saying: “Never point at others’ swinishness to justify your own swinishness.”

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    Didnt the US army Use these same methods such as us created and armed paramilitaries in IRAQ called the Guardian Councils to carry out work that the US military could not do???? Do explian US state dep????

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    US officials refuse to comment on disclosures of Wikileaks. The matter rests there, along with alleged disclosures of Maj Chandrasiri. As for the other; alleged SL govt collaborations with paramilitary groups in kidnapping;, they seemed to have worked as a strategy to end LTTE kiilings of govt officials. The alleged tactic of kidnappings of businessmen and collaborators, by whoever may have disrupted LTTE fundraising by coersion and many other violent activities of that racist, murderous thugs. The end justifies the means! Violence begets violence; the ultimate lesson for those who engaged in the lost campaign, and others harbouring such ambitions.

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    Enough evidence of war crimes by Singhalese against Tamils is inexorably piling up. An international war crimes tribunal is inevitable. Mahinda Rajapakse. Gothabaya, Basil, Sarath Fonseka,
    Governor Chandrasrii, Gen Shavendra Silva, Jagath Dias et al have to face their day of rekoning. All Tamil disappearances have been carried out by the military and para military organised by SL government.

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