Battlefield gains won`t affect evolving political solution

  • 11 Jul 2007 22:15:19 GMT

    I can not believe that TWO YEARS PASSED since the Minister Keheliya Rambukwella gave that interview to that AFP reporter who said, the capture of thoppigala would take two years and capturing the tora Bora was a lie.

    Does any one know that AFP reporters name.

    I want more news from him.

    Then this war will be shorter.

  • 11 Jul 2007 22:16:12 GMT

    No Wonder UNP(Traitor Ranil/ANUS-AM Faction) wants Gotabhaya Removed....

  • 11 Jul 2007 22:17:50 GMT

    Gamiya:

    I think, ANIZAM is a MOTTA RAALA supporter. But, in the forum he raises the blood level and just watch what is happening.

  • 11 Jul 2007 22:21:35 GMT

    The Tigers are more determined than ever before to fight and die for their land. I was deeply moved by the report on the death of Tamil Eelam Health Service Officials with whom I worked. Of special interest to me was Lieutenant Colonel Thamil Vanan. I recall the conversation that Thamil Vaanan had with his niece from overeas - urging her to invest in education and become independent. His life was not in vain nor his death. I honour Lieutenant Thamil Vanan and his colleagues.

    Dr. Vaman, Director of Tamil Eelam Health Service, is one of the finest young Tamils known to me and has contriubted to his land in a way many other highly educated Tamil Professionals failed to. Good on you Dr. Vaman. Keep going with your genuine service. You have our blessings.

    Aunty Gaja

    [FEATURE - Sri Lanka rebels bury `martyrs`, vow to fight on

    Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:47 PM IST

    By Simon Gardner

    KANAGAPURAM, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Tugging at a cyanide capsule hanging around his neck, Tamil Tiger fighter and doctor Vaman watches yet another slain comrade buried to the wails of relatives and the chorus of a rebel anthem.

    He says the deaths only make him stronger.

    Standing in characteristic Tiger-striped fatigues which conceal a prosthetic leg -- his own was blown off by a landmine during fighting in the early 1990s -- Vaman says he is ready to die to further the rebel cause for an independent state.

    His friend and colleague Lieutenant Colonel Tamil Vanan was one of three Tiger fighters killed a day earlier by a roadside bomb ambush inside rebel territory. The insurgents blame army troops using their own guerrilla tactics against them.

    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam say the three were part of a medical team conducting an anti-rabies clinic.

    `These attacks by the Sri Lankan forces will not stop our duties,` said Vaman, who is director of the rebels` Tamil Eelam Health Service. Tamil Eelam is the name the Tigers give to the homeland they seek to carve out in Sri Lanka`s north and east.

    Suspected Tigers have launched a spree of ambushes and bombings in recent months which have killed hundreds of people, most of them troops, after a 2002 ceasefire collapsed. Political analysts say Sri Lanka can expect more dead.

    Nearly 70,000 people have been killed since the war erupted in 1983, around 4,500 of those since last year alone, and the blood is still flowing.

    `We are fighting for our country`s young. We have been under oppression for the last five decades, so I will fight until my last breath,` said 39-year-old Vaman, who says he joined the Tigers at 18 after watching troops beat minority ethnic Tamils in his native northern Jaffna peninsula.

    The rebels wear cyanide capsules so they can bite into them and commit suicide to avoid capture.

    SEA OF GRAVES

    Wailing relatives collapse in front of open caskets at this `martyrs` graveyard` near the rebels` northern stronghold of Kilinochchi.

    `We put sand on our friend`s grave, the blood they lost will get Tamil Eelam,` goes the song played over loudspeakers.

    Tiger fighters clutching Chinese-made assault rifles stand to attention. Others bow their heads in silence, behind them a sea of simple tombstones laid in neat rows where thousands of fellow `martyrs` are buried.

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa`s government has captured a vast chunk of territory the rebels controlled in the east, and have vowed to push on and capture the rebel-held north too.

    But the Tigers are much stronger in the north and there is no clear winner on the horizon yet.

    The international community is increasingly agitated with both sides for a rash of human rights abuses and killings -- and for ignoring calls to halt fighting that has forced hundreds of thousands of civilians from their homes.

    Selvy Navaruban of the Tigers` humanitarian affairs wing joined the rebels in 1997 after watching hundreds of fellow Tamils displaced and killed by the conflict.

    `I thought better to fight and die for our homeland than sit at home and die for nothing,` she said, her hair in the traditional plaits worn by many female Tigers. `When one of our colleagues dies, they give us the strength to fight on.`]

  • 11 Jul 2007 22:33:32 GMT

    Gaja:

    [ Dr. Vaman, ]

    This Vamanaya (Monkey in Sanskrit and sinhala), was educated with govt money and became a traitor.

    Did he die ?.

  • 11 Jul 2007 22:37:42 GMT

    Rudyard Kipling said `triump and disaster are two imposters` but Sinhalese extremists will push for more triump and entually for the pound of flesh without realising that the flesh always spills BLOOD.

  • 11 Jul 2007 22:39:48 GMT

    [ `We will wipe them out.` ]

    Take your time,

    :-) :-))

  • 11 Jul 2007 22:39:53 GMT

    AnuD,

    [This Vamanaya (Monkey in Sanskrit and sinhala), was educated with govt money and became a traitor. ]

    We worship the Monkey in as Hanuman who cleared the path for Lord Rama to kill King Raavana. This is the role Dr. Vaman is playing.

    His achievement in medicine is through Tamil resources. In any case, are you saying that the government does not include Tamils. If yes, you have the responsibility to not use our funds, our people and most importantly our brains.

    [Did he die ?. ]

    No. He did not. But by saying what did above - you are showing how disrespectful you are of the dead. That shows poor culture.

    love

    gaja

  • 11 Jul 2007 22:40:45 GMT

    [The Tigers are more determined than ever before to fight and die for their land.

    Aunty Gaja]

    I can not be happier. I am more than happy to provide cyanide for this purpose. Please let me know.

  • 11 Jul 2007 22:42:37 GMT

    [Toppigala capture a success but holding it difficult- Harry

    The former Air Force commander, Air Marshall Harry Goonetilleke, said that the capture of Thoppigala was a major success for the military. He observed, however, that holding the area would be very costly.

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