Friday, May 12, 2006

monitors and ltte's foiled vesak celebration

it seems ltte has decided to celebrate vesak with blood. yesterday their attacks on a ferry carrying over 700 troops and one monitor (with the monitors' flag flying) was foiled by the navy at considerable cost to both sides. more attacks are expected even though ltte propagandists like dbs jeyaraj, tamilnet etc. are presently trying to downplay the ltte's self inflicted damages both militarily and image wise.

only ignorant idiots and several biased peacenik ngos like cpa were blind to ltte 's long predicted drive for a war this year. even the sri lankan monitoring mission(slmm) was aware of it before. in this regard it is useful to read the slmm press release in full.

11 May 2006 SUBJECT: LTTE is seriously violating the CFA with sea movements and attacks on Sri Lankan Navy
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have committed gross violations of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) in recent days by moving at sea with the aim of provoking the Sri Lankan navy and now finally embarking on an offensive operation against the navy sinking one vessel and putting SLMM monitors in grave danger.

The sea surrounding Sri Lanka is a Government Controlled Area. This has been ruled so by the Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission in line with international law. Non-state actors cannot rule open sea waters or airspace. The LTTE has therefore no rights at sea.

The LTTE has made, what the SLMM feels are threats to our monitors warning them not to participate in patrols in Navy vessels. The SLMM takes these threats very seriously and would like to remind the LTTE of its responsibility as an equal partner to the Ceasefire Agreement to do everything in its power not to jeopardise the monitors’ safety.

We therefore demand that the LTTE immediately ceases all activities and operations at sea as they are a serious violation of the CFA. This sort of reckless behaviour can only lead to a dangerous escalation resulting in growing hostilities and jeopardising any possibility for future peace talks.

We would also like to urge the Government of Sri Lanka not to be pushed by these provocative acts and to show as much restraint as possible.
it seems slmm has been receiving these threats for some time. here is the last written one sent yesterday

letter sent on 11 May 2006
Subject: SLMM Monitors on board Sri Lankan Naval Vessels

We have on several occasions verbally informed you to refrain from boarding Sri Lankan Naval vessels. We have also given this request in writing to you twice so far. This is the third request from us to you to refrain from boarding Sri Lankan Naval vessels.

Sri Lankan Navy is entering the sea adjoining the land in our control and disrupting the fishing activities of the people. It is also disturbing the LTTE exercises in doing so. If Sri Lankan Navy disrupts our activities we will definitely retaliate.

SLMM monitors are used by the Sri Lankan Navy as human shields in order to continue with these disruptions.

We urge you for the last time not to be on board Sri Lankan Naval vessels until further notice from us. If you chose to ignore our warning and request, we are not responsible for the consequences.

Please take this as the last warning to you to not board Sri Lankan Naval vessels.
it is clear that 700+ deaths of military personnel was a too tempting a target for the ltte, monitor or no monitor. that ltte now say monitors are used as human shields only proves that they want to attack the military and are not interested in peace.

no doubt international community will condemn the attacks on military, attack and threats on the truce monitors, and increase the pressure on ltte to refrain from provoking war. given their track record there is even less doubt that ngos like cpa will try their best to relieve that pressure by making up excuses for the ltte.

such ltte backlickers would be helped if any disturbances breakout in the event of attacks like the yesterdays are successful and lot of military deaths result, or if there are attacks against civilians in colombo. even if such a riot was quickly controlled and damage is minimal ltte and its helpers would try to make it look like another '83. this was shown by their attempts with trinco incident.

so let us be vigilant and act with the same discipline as shown by our military, especially in the next few days. let us allow the ltte to take the full blame for war they so much desire.

more reports
afp, bbc, reuters.

10 comments:

Damith said...

Well said!!

Anonymous said...

LTTE is working to a very clear strategy.

1. Secure supply routes - getting some form of legitimacy to move its formations in the sea or keep SLN at bay on the East coast whilst cutting off state's sea based supply line.

2. Eliminate third parties such as NGOs who are working in N&E [the shelf life of the NGO's have expired as far as the LTTE is concerned]. This also provides a major role for the TRO as well as setting up other "fronts" for humanitarian work.

3. Launch a major terrorist attack , a blitz, to secure more territory and extend the "controlled area" demarcation. If such an attack leads to communcal disharmony it is a bonus. LTTE is keeping the options open.

4. Take part in "discussions " after achieving a significant advancement.

Its method is to keep harrasing the troops and the state , never allowing it to rest, getting them used to live with the continous attacks.

LTTE is in the offensive - intensity is low- for the time being.

The coming weeks could see :

1. LTTE vs SLMM
2. State vs LTTE
3. LTTE snubbing the "IC" as well as the "Civil Society" pundits/experts. eg Akashi

confrontations.

There is no armed group in the world who wanted peace whilst carrying weapons, having areas under its control which were being fed and maintained by the enemy, (the SL state in this case.)

Sooner or later, at the right time, the state will have to respond by taking the fight against the terrorists to their own backyard.

ashanthi said...

s.nut the whole situation is out of hand.

it is just diabolical.

please respond to my email, i would appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

Is the situation really out of hand?

If one pinned hopes of peace on a ceasfire agreement signed with a armed terrorist group , yes, then it would look the situation is out of hand.

It is not really so.

What is taking place is a natural development of a process that the LTTE initiated with the signing of the CFA - they entered a new phase.

LTTE killed the intelligence operatives, killed the opposing tamil politicians, killed state military personnel, killed a foriegn minister, bombed a General and now gunning for the "monitors".

The emerging scenario is very interesting and present many opportunities.

ivap said...

If this is vesak celebrations imagine what the black july commemoration
are going to be like.

Janapathi said...

As far as the 700 odd soldiers are low ranking officers, I think no one in Colombo mind. If it is against a high ranking officers, ministers or a bomb in Colombo.. then it would have been a big issue and we would have seen President Addressing the Nation. Where is UNP..? Praying for Colombo elections.. JVP, JHU..? They will condemn the attacks tomorrow and ask SLMM and Noway to leave..but will give full support to the President for the sake of protecting their own asses.. How many soldiers will get killed tomorrow.. you bet!

sittingnut said...

damith
thanks

anon of 5/12/2006 9:31 pm:
appreciate your comment . :-)
LTTE is working to a very clear strategy
yes.
and i agree with most of your comment.
good points .

ashanthi
please respond to my email, i would appreciate it.
sorry will try by monday :-)

anon of 5/12/2006 11:46 pm:
thanks for the commnet
What is taking place is a natural development of a process that the LTTE initiated with the signing of the CFA - they entered a new phase.
can you elaborate.
do you mean the same as other anon above or something else.

The emerging scenario is very interesting and present many opportunities.
interesting but not pleasant. anyway opportunities for whom?

ivap:
:-)
you are right we are going to see some terrible things in the next few months the way it is going.

janapathi :
thanks.
As far as the 700 odd soldiers are low ranking officers, I think no one in Colombo mind
i am not so sure about that . ppl are not that indifferent even in colombo

How many soldiers will get killed tomorrow..
yes soldiers are going to die. so do civilians we better be prepared for it.

Keshi said...

LTTE know nothing but death. Losers need to be treated in the same manner.

Keshi.

Niroshan said...

Interesting to note the change of the tone by LTTE in addressing the SLMM. They start off with a quite diplomatic tone of "We have on several occasions verbally informed you to refrain from boarding Sri Lankan Naval vessels" and ends with a straight forward warning of "Please take this as the last warning to you to not board Sri Lankan Naval vessels".

Now, how will the International Community react to this I wonder or will they wait till the "Pro-LTTE NGOs" neutralise it for LTTE?

sittingnut said...

keshi:
LTTE know nothing but death. Losers need to be treated in the same manner.
yes. they certainly do not have any moral ground to stand on.
problem of course is that we do not have the resources to deal with them as they deserve.

niroshan:
you are right, there is a definite change of tone.
international community reacted quite strongly. in fact they hardly cautioned the government for the retaliatory air strike as they normally do, in the statements issued regarding this attack.