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LTTE – Dignity and respect for our people is all we ask

May 18, 2009

TamilNet – Dignity and respect for our people is all we ask – Pathmanathan

S. Pathmanathan, Head of LTTE’s International Diplomatic Relations

“This we have appealed to the countries of the world and called on them to halt the unrelenting massacre of our people by the Sri Lankan armed machinery. We are extremely saddened that this plea has fallen on deaf ears”, Mr Pathmanathan further said as he desperately called on the International Community to take immediate actions to save the Tamil people caught in the war zone and take necessary actions to protect the cadres and people giving themselves up to the military.

“This battle has reached its bitter end. Against all odds, we have held back the advancing Sinhalese forces without help or support, except for the unending support of our people. It is our people who are dying now from bombs, shells, illness and hunger. We cannot permit any more harm to befall them. We remain with one last choice – to remove the last weak excuse of the enemy for killing our people. We have decided to silence our guns. Our only regrets are for the lives lost and that we could not hold out for longer. We can no longer bear to see the innocent blood of our people being spilled,” Mr. Pathmanathan said.

The LTTE had for almost three decades fought the Sri Lankan military and defended its right to carry arms as a means of protecting the Tamil people living in the island. After unilaterally walking away from the Peace Process that began in 2002 with Norwegian facilitation, The Sri Lankan Government had opted for a military solution to end the crisis. Since the war intensified in 2007, several thousand Tamil civilians have died. The recent thrust by the military into the Northern strong holds of the Tamils have seen an escalation in the deaths and has resulted in untold misery with people succumbing to starvation and lack of medical supplies.

“We need to do everything within our means to stop this carnage. If this means silencing our arms and entering a peace process, that is something that we have already agreed to,” said Mr Pathamanathan. “This is the need of the hour. These are historically unprecedented times and require historically prudent decisions. If this means saving the lives of thousands of people, it needs to be done” he stated.

Mr Pathamanathan further stated that, “There is not a person who can doubt the LTTEs fearless and unending commitment to this cause with which we have been entrusted by our people. Know that the Tamils are a people deeply rooted in culture and history. No force can prevent the attainment of justice for our people. Our sons and daughters have taken up this call without question and without hesitation or fear of death. None have hesitated to make the supreme sacrifice for the cause of liberating their motherland. We have not forgotten that it is for our people that we fight. In the face of the current conditions, we will no longer permit this battle to be used as a justification by the forces of the Sinhala state to kill our people. We willingly stand up with courage and silence our guns. We have no other option other than to continue our plea to the international community to save our people”.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Sylvia Bennett permalink
    May 18, 2009 4:55 pm

    I am sure that the thousands of innocent men, women and children maimed and killed by the LTTE wanted a little dignity too, let alone respect for their lives.

    Do you grieve for them, when you issue this type of propaganda?

    Please also show a little respect for Sydney, and do not bring your violence and terrorism here, as you did last night (May 17th 2009).

    Lastly, why not respect the wonderful, peaceful people of Sri Lanka – Tamils and Sinhalese – who yearn to return to the peace of this beautiful Island enjoyed before the evil of the LTTE.

  2. Mel permalink
    May 20, 2009 7:44 pm

    It is my understanding that the LTTE served as a people’s movement. They sought to protect and safeguard the lives of Tamil civilians during a time when being Tamil was a danger enough!

    After reading the accounts of this terrible war from both sides, I believe in the cause of the Tamil people and the FREEDOM that they are fighting for. A great deal of respect must be placed on those leaders who have the courage to bring an end to this violence and sincerely care for the innocent civilians at hand. It is clear that the SL government does not feel this way, and through their propaganda, inhumane attacks and recent blocking of aid and resources, there lies an indication that this government will not provide equality or justice to the Tamil people. Internationally, we must all bring to light the atrocities of the SL govt and make they pay for their war crimes. I feel that no race or ethnicity should experience the tragedy that has affected the Tamil people of north east Ceylon.

    The Tamil freedom struggle is an honest struggle! Anyone can see that self determination, an independent homeland and equal human rights is something that we are all entitled to. Whether it is the end of the LTTE era or the end of the war, this RIGHT TO FREEDOM AND FIGHT FOR INDEPENDENCE must continue so that future Tamil generations are never again subjected to the horrors that the SL govt (of both past and present).

  3. Mel permalink
    May 20, 2009 7:46 pm

    It is my understanding that the LTTE served as a people’s movement. They sought to protect and safeguard the lives of Tamil civilians during a time when being Tamil was a danger enough!

    After reading the accounts of this terrible war from both sides, I believe in the cause of the Tamil people and the FREEDOM that they are fighting for. A great deal of respect must be placed on those leaders who have the courage to bring an end to this violence and sincerely care for the innocent civilians at hand. It is clear that the SL government does not feel this way, and through their propaganda, inhumane attacks and recent blocking of aid and resources, there lies an indication that this government will not provide equality or justice to the Tamil people. Internationally, we must all bring to light the atrocities of the SL govt and make them pay for their war crimes. I feel that no race or ethnicity should experience the tragedy that has affected the Tamil people of north east Ceylon.

    The Tamil freedom struggle is an honest struggle! Anyone can see that self determination, an independent homeland and equal human rights is something that we are all entitled to. Whether it is the end of the LTTE era or the end of the war, this RIGHT TO FREEDOM AND FIGHT FOR INDEPENDENCE must continue so that future Tamil generations are never again subjected to the horrors of the SL govt (both past and present).

  4. May 21, 2009 11:16 pm

    We Hindus of India are not angry at SInhalese Srilanka anymore. See, Srilanka only did what they were allowed to do, we the citizens of the world and particular the fellow Hindus of India have given Srilanka the green light with our leaders sitting in nice offices, flowers on their desks while tamils were brutalized and killed in Srilanka`s ethnic cleansing drive.

    Same impotents did nothing when Kashmiri pandits are driven away to reclaim kashmir as homogenoous Islamic state…

    I offer my full support to Tamil cause and please let me know how to participate in this struggle.

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