SANGAREE TELLS PRABHAKARAN
IN A BUNKER TO STOP DRIVING CIVILIANS INTO ESCALATING WAR ZONE TO BE
USED AS A SHIELD
By Walter Jayawardhana
In an amicably written letter addressing him as my dear Thamby senior
Tamil leader V. Ananda Sangaree told Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran
to stop driving innocent civilians to escalating war areas to be used
as a human shield.
It is known well to every single person on this earth the reason
as to why these people had been driven into escalating war zone. It
is the innocent people who always become human shield. Wherever possible
you should have allowed the displaced people to get into safe areas
under the control of the government, Sangaree, the President of
the Tamil United Liberation Front warned.
In the letter addressed to Prabhakaran, who lives in a bunker in Sangarees
former electorate of Kilinochchi which he represented in the Sri Lanka
parliament before the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) abolished
democratic representation the former parliamentarian said, that he was
writing this letter realizing the urgent need of this hour.
The urgency is due to my concerns for the people of Killinochchi
and Mullaitheevu in particular and for those people in Mannar and Vavunia
who had been driven into Killinochchi, very irresponsibly by your cadre.
It is known well to every single person on this earth the reason as
to why these people had been driven into escalating war zone. It is
the innocent people who always become human shield. Wherever possible
you should have allowed the displaced people to get into safe areas
under the control of the government. Whether this letter will reach
your hand before you yourself get displaced from your present board
is in great doubt. However I am duty-bound to give you a timely advice
He further said , I am perhaps one of the very few who had been
constantly predicting that you will never win this battle and been warning
you to come back to your senses and to take some positive steps to save
our people in Vanni and your cadre for which several opportunities came
on your way, you ignored. One of the reasons for it is that you had
so much of confidence in your spokespersons all over the world. You
never realized that most of them who had lost their credibility in their
own land went running to countries in Europe, Australia, Canada and
America to take the first place as your supporters. While pretending
to be supporting you, they filled their pockets with the money colleted
in your name. The offer of 20-30% commission on their collections came
as an incentive for them. They pretended to be more Prabaharan than
They should have been by your side by this time to give you physical
and moral support. If they are genuine they should have realized the
grave crisis you are facing at this moment, when your enemy has virtually
encircled you. They, some of whom publish some tabloids give false hopes
to the Diaspora that you are waiting to round them up after allowing
them to get into your area and on that score they have collected large
sums of money. They also collected money for the maintenance of displaced
persons. Please take my word at least now. Wake up and look around.
You will find your enemy is at your door-step. But the people, whom
you kept under your subjugation all these days, expect the army to liberate
them and soon they will be liberated from you and your cadre who had
been very hash on the innocent people, for several years.
Even now it is not too late for you to declare ceasefire unilaterally
to lay down your arms and to agree for talks. Declare your willingness
to give up your demand for separation and agree for a solution within
a United Sri Lanka as recommended by me. I am opposed to a solution
under the Unitary System, only because a future Government can take
away the powers devolved under a Unitary Constitution. This is exactly
what happened for the safe-guards the minorities had in the Soulbury
Constitution, within 9 years of its adoption.
Please be assured that your declaration to drop the demand for
separation will be a great incentive to the hardliners to come down
from their present position and agree to give up the demand for a Unitary
Constitution. A large number of Sinhalese will agree for the adoption
of a constitution based on the Indian model.
The Sinhalese now know, very well of your tactics of provoking
a backlash. The recent murder of a Sinhalese undergraduate at the Eastern
University had vicious motive of which the whole world knows. It is
by this type of thoughtless acts you lost your credibility and the support
of the International Community.
Hence please give up this barbaric tactics and follow my advice
to win the International Community. What the Tamil people want today
is peace with dignity and equality with all others. The people of Vanni
want to live a just and normal life without any harassment or hardships.
When they are weeping in silence for their children forcefully taken
away from their own homes, they are not in a mood to think of Tamil
Nationalism or of Eelam. I hope you will not dispute this claim. My
solution is the best and acceptable to a majority of the Singhalese,
the Tamils and the Muslims, above all the International Community as
I also have the blessing of the religious heads of all religions
in Sri Lanka. This is the very last opportunity made available to you
to save the people of Vanni and your cadre. You have already scarified
over 20,000 Tamil youths as combatants. We shall not forget those who
got killed by you, just because they joined other groups by their choice.
Please save the lives of the remaining ones for their parents want them
alive and not as charred or deface or as chunk of flesh.
Please consider my appeal seriously at this critical juncture.
Unlike the opportunistic politicians of the TNA who praise you and live
out of Sri Lanka most of the time with their families, I do not want
to fool our people and the world. My advice is true and genuine coming
from my heart and based on opinion obtained by me from people of all
walks of life. Please do not allow our people to perish by keeping them
with you under compulsion.(
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