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WikiLeaks:1988 Indian Payoff To LTTE Revealed – 520 Million Indian Rupees To Tigers

By Colombo Telegraph

“Major Sri Lankan Papers April 15 have head lined a report (First published in the April 3 London Observer) which quotes both Indian High Commissioner J.N. Dixit and an LTTE spokesman in Madras that Indian Prime Minister Gandhi agreed in late July to pay the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam a monthly stipend to compensate for lost Tax revenues following the signing of the Indo-Sri Lanka accord.” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.

Gandhi and Prabhakaran

A Leaked US diplomatic cable, dated April 5, 1988,  updated the Secretary of State regarding the the Indo-Sri Lanka accord and the Indian – LTTE secret  package.The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database. The cable subject was “Indian payoff to LTTE revealed”.

The Embassy wrote; “The monthly payment, reports say, was to have been five million Indian Rupees (or nearly $400,000). An Indian HICOM officer has confirmed that some money was given the Tigers in late July. Apparently only its pledge to participate in Interim Administrative Council In late September and the deal fell through.”

“An unnamed LTTE spokesman in Madras in quoted as saying that the payment was part of a larger secret package of guarantees which Gandhi offered LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran in July to get him to agree to the bilateral accord.” the Embassy further wrote.

Read the cable below for detail package;

O 051045Z APR 88
FM AMEMBASSY COLOMBO
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7892
INFO AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI PRIORITY
AMCONSUL MADRAS PRIORITY
UNCLAS COLOMBO 02367 

LIMITED OFFICIAL USE 

E.O. 12356;  N/A
TAGS: PREL PINS IN CE
SUBJECT:  INDIAN PAYOFF TO LTTE REVEALED 

REF:  COLOMBO 1755 

¶1.  MAJOR SRI LANKAN PAPERS APRIL 5 HAVE HEADLINED
A REPORT (FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE APRIL 3 LONDON
OBSERVER) WHICH QUOTES BOTH INDIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER
J.N. DIXIT AND AN LTTE SPOKESMAN IN MADRAS THAT
INDIAN PRIME MINISTER GANDHI AGREED IN LATE JULY TO
PAY THE LIBERATION TIGERS OF TAMIL EELAM A MONTHLY
STIPEND TO COMPENSATE FOR LOST TAX REVENUES
FOLLOWING THE SIGNING OF THE INDO-SRI LANKAN ACCORD.
THE MONTHLY PAYMENT, REPORTS SAY, WAS TO HAVE BEEN
FIVE MILLION INDIAN RUPEES (OR NEARLY $400,000).
AN INDIAN HICOMM OFFICER HAS CONFIRMED THAT SOME
MONEY WAS GIVEN THE TIGERS IN LATE JULY.  APPARENTLY
ONLY ONE PAYMENT WAS MADE BEFORE THE LTTE RENEGED
ON ITS PLEDGE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE INTERIM
ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL IN LATE SEPTEMBER AND THE
DEAL FELL THROUGH. 

¶2.  AN UNNAMED LTTE SPOKESMAN IN MADRAS IS QUOTED AS
SAYING THAT THE PAYMENT WAS PART OF A LARGER SECRET
PACKAGE OF GUARANTEES WHICH GANDHI OFFERED LTTE
LEADER V. PRABHAKARAN IN JULY TO GET HIM TO AGREE
TO THE BILATERAL ACCORD.  OTHER PARTS OF THE PACKAGE,
ACCORDING TO THIS REPORT, INCLUDED:
-
-- AN ASSURANCE THAT THE LTTE WOULD FORM A MAJORITY
-  OF THE INTERIM PROVINCIAL COUNCIL FOR THE NORTH
-  AND EAST.  (COMMENT:  THE LTTE WAS GIVEN SEVEN
-  OF THE TWELVE SEATS IN A DEAL WHICH WAS ANNOUNCED
-  AND FELL THROUGH THE SAME DAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1987.)
-
-- ONE BILLION INDIAN RUPEES FOR REHABILITATION OF THE
-  JAFFNA PENINSULA WHICH APPARENTLY WAS TO BE
-  FUNNELED THROUGH AN LTTE-DOMINATED INTERIM
-  ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL (COMMENT:  THIS APPEARS TO
-  BE IN ADDITION TO THE AID WHICH INDIA PLEDGED
-  PUBLICLY AT THE DECEMBER CONSORTIUM MEETING IN
-  PARIS.  AT THAT MEETING, THE GOI OFFERED US $40
-  MILLION (ABOUT 520 MILLION INDIAN RUPEES) FOR
-  REHABILITATION WORK IN THE NORTH AND EAST.)
-
-- HELP, AFTER AN INTERIM ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL
-  WAS IN PLACE, IN SETTING UP A TAMIL POLICE FORCE.
-
¶3.  EMBASSY COMMENT:  LEFT UNSAID IS ANY INDICATION
WHETHER THE PACKAGE SUGGESTED ABOVE IS STILL ON THE
TABLE IN THE GOI-LTTE TALKS WHICH APPARENTLY HAVE BEEN
GOING ON FOR SOME TIME.  ACCORDING TO JOHN RETTIE,
THE LOCAL BBC CORRESPONDENT, TALKS BETWEEN THE TIGERS
AND THE GOI BEGAN IN LATE FEBRUARY IN MADRAS.  THEY
WERE BROKEN OFF RECENTLY, HE SAID, BUT ARE DUE TO
BEGIN AGAIN NEXT WEEK.  END COMMENT. 

SPAIN
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    LTTE was India’s Baby or Taliban.

    “AT THAT MEETING, THE GOI OFFERED US $40 – MILLION (ABOUT 520 MILLION INDIAN RUPEES) FOR – REHABILITATION WORK IN THE NORTH AND EAST.)”

    Out of this Rs 520 Millions how much was actually delivered to the LTTE? Where is the rest of the slush fund? Who did become rich in dealing this big bucks?

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      VP Donkey reduced the Tamils to this level; mad Mahinda is now following the footpath of VP and Mahinda is on course to do to the Sinhalese what VP did to the Tamils.

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    Indian PM’s assuaranace to form PC in NEP,with LTTE 7 of the 12 seats,And help set up LTTE Police Force plus USD 40 Million santhosam to Prabakaran

    Still he killed the Indian PM.

    Wonder what more did Mr Prabakaran want?.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      VP gave MR an election victory, the foundation of MR’s empire.

      Yet MR captured, tortured and killed VP.

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        Only in the minds of the demented.

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          David Blacker

          Good to hear from you.

          Happy holidays.

          Are you thinking of any new year resolution which you may not keep beyond 1st of January?

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        VP got money from MR to prevent Tamils voting for Ranil.
        Was the DNA results on VP ever produced?
        Government of India was looking for him!
        KP,Karuna &Pillaiyan are with the government.

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    Dear CT Editors,

    Has Julian A released the secret details of Swiss bank account holders ? if so please reveal the SL national Swiss bank account holders names & amounts , time is ripe to disclose & expose hypocrites true nature and to undress all of the saints in public , if CT can get hold of the details , can the king Kakille still go ahead with CJ’s banking details farce ?

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    Where is Gandhi? This is what Lord Buddha said .

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      Where will be Mahinda in due course [for slaughtering thousands of innocent people including women, children, elderly and infirm in Vanni]? What Lord Buddha said never fails – Mahinda will pay the price.

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        correct to the point;

        SINS AND CURSES ARE FOLLOWING THIS SO CALLED JARAPASSA AND KUDU CLAN.

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    So Rajive paid back with he life. I am sure all Sri Lankas were very happy what was happen to him.

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    This is not a new revelation and was extensively covered both locally and internationally at that point of time. In addition to payments to the LTTE, Dixit and his political deputy, Haridip Singh Puri, was in the habit of doling out money by suitcase loads to the other militant groups as well. I can personally attest to at least two such major transactions.

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    The headline and the content do not tally as “1988 Indian Payoff To LTTE Revealed – 520 Million Indian Rupees To Tigers” and “… Indian Prime Minister Gandhi agreed in late July to pay the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam a monthly stipend to compensate for lost Tax revenues following the signing of the Indo-Sri Lanka accord.”

    According to the leaked message of Colombo based US Embassy was that this payment was conditional on LTTE’s “pledge to participate in Interim Administrative Council In late September and the deal fell through.”

    LTTE did not agree to the Indo-Lanka Accord nor did it take part in the Interim Administration. How can the headline justify the content of the article?

    There was some dishonesty on the part of the then Indian Government to bribe LTTE instead of trying to negotiate and resolve the problem openly and fairly.

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      Saro
      Please let die LTTE completely. By speaking for or defending the LTTE leadership you are doing a great disservice to the Tamils.

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        Real Peace,

        Please read both the article and its comments. No one is “speaking for or defending the LTTE leadership”. There is a contrast between the heading and the content of the above article and I tried to explain it, that’s all.

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          Saro

          I have a great deal respect for Rajiv, it was him who worked out the most viable political solution to the Tamils.
          The attractive features of Indo Lanka agreement & 13 A are:

          *The N&E accepted as traditional homeland of Tamil speaking people
          *Tamil also made official language
          *Sinhala dominated armed forces were confined to the barracks in the N&E
          *N & E were merged
          *Under 13 A, home security and land powers were devolved to the N&E Province

          It’s wrong to say that GoI did not negotiate with the Tamil groups. GoI had extensive discussion with the TULF. And, it was Rajiv who commenced negotiation with the Tamil groups [In contrast, Indira G had flatly refused to have any direct negotiation with the Tamil groups]. You must appreciate that it was Rajiv who sponsored the Thimbu talks for the militants. And, it was him who invited VP to his house and pleaded his support for the Indo Lanka agreement (see picture above). I am told at the end of this meeting, he asked Rahul G to bring his body armour and presented to VP and said, “please, take care” in affection.

          I am not saying Indo-Lanka agreement is 100% perfect but it provided some immediate solutions the N&E such as security and rehabilitation of refugees etc.

          Not surprisingly all Tamil groups, though some groups had some reservations, pledged to support the GoI to devolve more essential powers to the N&E.

          VP in Delhi assured the Indian officials that he would not oppose the India Lanka agreement. But after he arrived in Jaffna, merely 6 weeks later, he started killing the Indian soldiers. Did he lie to the Indian officials to leave Delhi? Some of VP’s actions are completely bizarre – one cannot comprehend his actions. Why did he start a suicidal war by attacking the Indian army? Why didn’t he think assassinating Rajiv is self-destructive? Why didn’t he think that an assassination attempt on Sarath Fonseka during the ceasefire is completely wrong? He should have had the brain of donkeys that’s why he could not think!!! I am glad VP is dead as there will not be any more VP-sponsored blunders that would have affected the interests of the Tamils.

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            It is very true whet real peace is saying. VP was also led by the West through the Tamil Diaspora. This was the the reason VP did not agree with Rajiv Gandhi. Anton Balasingam, TGTE, world Tamil Congress all are puppets of the westerners, they make sure that the Western countries get developed and the Westerners are on top. Otherwise they will be unemployable or in prison in the Western Countries like me, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning. The Westerners are only 8% of the world population they have vital interest to destabilise every community and every country to keep themselves on top forever.

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              I really do not believe the Tamil diaspora leaders are supporting the West deliberately, they are backing the West without knowingly, due to lack of knowledge. I would be doing the same if I decided to involve in politics with my business degree without the knowledge I have gained from reading 300+ books about history, politics, democray, communism, capitalism, cultures, religions etc. I have also lived in four continents and learned a lot. Do the Tamils or Sinhalese respect people like us? The answer is no, this why Sri Lankans have been fighting since 1948, and the Tamils have nothing to show after 30 years of bloody war.

              Some fools think that soon as they have Western degree and lived in the Western country they are smarter than the Westerners who have been ruling the world for centuries. The most funniest thing is, the Sinhalese and Tamil politicians do not even have a degree, neither lived or seen orher Countries, but they think that they are far smarter than others, and have the ability to make Sri Lanka as wonder of Asia and knowledge hub. The fools who call them as leaders have nothing, but big heads, their heads are biggest as hot air balloon. How many Sri Lankans involve in politics can answer the following question? Who is the father of strategy?

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          I am with you, Real Peace … I also like him very much … But, for different reasons … He really opened the eyes of many many srilankans to see the actual nature of our ‘great’ neighbour towards our country .. He did a immense service in that regard … No body except his mother come close … MOTHERR INDIA …. What a neighbour to live with!

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    If the LTTE did not not agree to the Indo-Lanka accord, why?

    Where were the TNA samaritans? Why did the ltte miss the bus? Why was not the deal accepted and low caste Tamils pulled out of misery and the tamil police force established?

    Apparently the high caste did not want the money to flow to the low caste and the peace.

    TAMILS NEED TO ACCEPT WHAT THEY ARE GIVEN TODAY BY THE GOSL OR FORGET
    AND SHOULD NOT WHINE.
    GOSL DO NOT HAVE TO BOTHER ABOUT THE TAMILS ANYMORE AS tAMILS/THA THEMSELVES WERE NOT BOTHERED IN 1988 AND AS SUCH WHY NOW?????????????

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      dicky Bird

      VP consented to sign the agreement with Rajiv but when he returned to his Tamil Eelam suddenly changed his tune.

      Agreeing to Rajiv’s demand was a tactical ploy on the part of VP to escape from his house arrest in Delhi. Killing Rajiv was another tactical ploy on the part of VP to destroy himself and the stupid Tamils.

      In fact VP helped to establish MR’s reign and strengthen Sinhala/Buddist grip on the state. Sinhala buddhists should be grateful to VP.

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        VP-the-donkey banned the Tamils from voting and helped Mahinda-the-mad man to win the election. There are reliable sources indicate that this donkey received millions from this mad man for this service…

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          RP, Supposing if your assumption that VP was paid by MR to stop the Tamils from voting were true,How do you explain why VP had to keep his word after getting paid unless he himself wanted MR to win? Hope you are not suggesting that VP did what he did on an IOU from MR!
          VP agreed with the accord in Delhi and some weapons were ceremonially handed over to the IPKF but VP may have got different instructions from his real bosses to do otherwise.

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            NAK says:

            “VP may have got different instructions from his real bosses to do otherwise.”

            Who were these real bosses?

            Why did not these real bosses stop the Sri Lankan armed forces from inserting hot iron rod into VP’s back and then hacking him to death?

            Given that the real bosses could not or did not save VP, are they real or bosses?

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    it was great Rajiv Gandi pay price from his life doing such dirty thinks to people in sri lanka,we must consider India is our enemy for ever.they are responsible for loss of 40,000 over innocent people and $35 B of public wealth and loss of economy over 30 years.this dirty political leaders did every thinks to divide sri lanka.Gandi family is dirty family and they did such damage to many nation in the east Asia.NOW HIS SON IS CRYING FOR LTTE TERRORIST TO GET SYMPATHY FOR HIS NEXT ELECTION.do not worry if you break the promise ,they will teach you the same lesson ,they give to your father.

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    What about the money Rajapakse paid to LTTE to stop Tamils from voting.

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      Do you really want to know? … I do not think you would like to hear what happened!
      Raja recovered all the money he paid … Infact, he recovered all the monthly payments from January 2009 to May 2009 Rajiv promised to LTTE as Prbha was running around to find a place to hide rather than spending the money to make bombs to put in busses, market places, schools, road sides ….. India was very upset in those months as it knew Prabha was not using the money to make bombs as promised …

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    VP was also paid and armed by Ranasinghe Premadasa to fight the IPKF. He may have also received money from someone else to kill Rajiv Gandhi. VP was a great mercenary, in addition to many other descriptive titles he earned in his life time.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    Good panel discussion on “WikiLeaks: 1988 Indian Pay-off To LTTE Revealed – 520 Million Indian Rupees To Tigers”.

    Panellists appear to know more than what US Embassy or GOI knew.

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      Kiri Gamarala

      Don’t under estimate these imperial powers for they spend billions of Dollars in electronic and human intelligence gathering.

      In fact they get much more out of local wheeler dealers than any ordinary persons ever could.

      The informers are local and from all walks of life.

      What we know is not even a tip of iceberg.

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        I have been searching from Gamini and Leela. Can anybody of you share me where have they been ?

        Thanks.

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          it should be searching for

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