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India, LTTE too had a honeymoon secretly before Sri Lanka truce says Eric Solheim anna

Monday, 14 November 2011 - 6:27 PM SL Time

Oslo, Nov 13: Indian officials met in `secret` with the LTTE ahead of Sri Lanka`s 2002 truce although New Delhi considered the Tamil Tigers a terrorist group, Norwegian cabinet minister Erik Solheim has revealed.

The former envoy to Sri Lanka also said - confirming for the first time ever an IANS report of 2008 - that India played a covert role in events that led to the Tamil Tigers and Colombo signing a ceasefire agreement (CFA) nine years ago.

The repository of tremendous information related to the Tamil Tigers, Solheim spoke at length to IANS at his office here after addressing a meeting over the weekend where a report was released on Norway`s role in Sri Lanka`s peace process.

According to Solheim, the minister for environment and international development, Indian officials held a `secret meeting` with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) before the CFA was signed in February 2002.

Solheim declined to say where the meeting took place or who participated in the meeting from the two sides.

If true, this would be the first known meeting between Indian officials and the LTTE since New Delhi banned it in 1992 for assassinating former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi a year earlier.

Solheim also added that contrary to public knowledge, the Indian government, then led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), played a key behind-the-scenes role in the framing of the Norwegian-sponsored CFA.

He said he himself held several meetings with India`s national security adviser and officials of the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) as Colombo and the LTTE inched towards the CFA.

He said some meetings with RAW officials took place at the New Delhi airport.

IANS had reported the Indian covert role but without naming RAW due to a request from sources who gave details of the intelligence agency`s involvement in the CFA - which until then was seen as an exclusive Norwegian baby.

The CFA ushered in months of peace in Sri Lanka before falling apart. The LTTE and the Sri Lankan regime went to war again in 2006, leading to the decimation of the Tigers in May 2009.

Solheim told IANS that as Sri Lanka`s and LTTE leaders quietly discussed the CFA in 2001-02, New Delhi was kept informed of each and every development. India, he said, gave `sound advice` and `constantly good and refreshing inputs`.

He said India did not want any `major international player` to get involved in the peace process and even suggested which countries should be part of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), a Nordic body meant to oversee the CFA.

Indian officials made it clear to Solheim, he said, that they were bitterly opposed to any break up of Sri Lanka and that `Tamil Eelam would never be acceptable`.

Solheim added that LTTE ideologue Anton Balasingham, who died of cancer in 2006, understood India`s importance in the region and maintained that `nothing done contrary to Indian interests will ever work`.

But LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, who met Solheim about 10 times in all, starting in 2001, was an `absolute amateur` in international politics even though he was a `military genius`, the minister said.

Balasingham also complained to Solheim that both Prabhakaran and LTTE intelligence chief Pottu Amman insisted for months that their group had no role to play in Rajiv Gandhi`s killing.

`They tried to convince Balasingham that they had nothing to do with it,` Solheim recalled. He quoted Balasingham as saying: `I did not believe the story, and they eventually stopped lying to me.` (IANS)

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LK Information  14 Nov 2011 12:32:57 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Indian officials met in 'secret' with the LTTE ahead of Sri Lanka's 2002 truce although New Delhi considered the Tamil Tigers a terrorist group, Norwegian cabinet minister Erik Solheim has revealed.


So what MR says is RIGHT.. we did India's war... and of course, they were saved by the soldiers who sacrificed their lives! Whatever it paid dividends as we have completely got rid of LTTE's barbaric menace and TRIBUTE to them!

He said India did not want any 'major international player' to get involved in the peace process and even suggested which countries should be part of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), a Nordic body meant to oversee the CFA.


Have they succeeded in STOPPING any INTERNATIONAL players???

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Rilawas will says so, but who ares whatthe rilawas say...One rilawa got caught red handed flirting a sinhalese girl while his wife was cokking meals to him! So that it the type of SUPPORTERS these stupid peelam demalas have got! Sorry to divert the story!
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Indian officials made it clear to Solheim, he said, that they were bitterly opposed to any break up of Sri Lanka and that 'Tamil Eelam would never be acceptable'.


Of course Indian MODAYAS fed them, trianed them and armed them and finally got screwed by LTTE! But I know this India's love to Sri lanka is totally fabrication... If They can get hold of Lanka they will do it, but luckily we have got this tamilnadu modayas taying right under their nose!

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Indian officials made it clear to Solheim, he said, that they were bitterly opposed to any break up of Sri Lanka and that 'Tamil Eelam would never be acceptable


Not acceptable in Sri Lanka or in India, the Wethamiza will be better off asking for a Separate State in Canada or in Norway.
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Ane moda rilavuni.........

Everyones's time will come one day.........

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A study funded by the Norwegian government says the internationalisation of the Sri Lankan conflict by the then Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe was based on the belief that the LTTE couldn't be defeated militarily.


spot on..

Succesive military commanders made succesive governments to believe that LTTE can not be defeated.

Only one man belived otherwise: General Sarath Fonseka.Now he is jail and all incomentant commanders are reinstated or given diplomatic posts......
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Ayyo..LTTE had honeymoon with India, but ended up getting properly effed by Sri Lanka.

Edited By - tintin - 14 Nov 2011 18:17:35 GMT
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Duminda modaya
Succesive military commanders made succesive governments to believe that LTTE can not be defeated.


Only one man belived otherwise: General Sarath Fonseka.Now he is jail and all incomentant

I guess you haven't heard of people like Gen.Denzil Kobbakaduwa, major.Gen Janaka Perera or major.Gen Wijaya Wimalarante have you???? don't talk like a ignorant modaya.... there were good military leaders(not nesceraliy army commanders) in the past who could have done the job as well.....if some of the past generals got proper political backing the job would have been done long time ago.....SF was a crucial part of the whole operation but dont make it sound like he won the war all by himself....


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Padiliyage eka talking about Padiliya's work....helping lTTE.
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Spetsnaz booruwa who ran away from his religion talking from his anus.
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I guess you haven't heard of people like Gen.Denzil Kobbakaduwa, major.Gen Janaka Perera or major.Gen Wijaya Wimalarante have you????


Then we had King Dutugamunu and Vijayabahu also. We are not talking about generals who are dead and gone. Kobbakaduwa, Vijaya wimalaratna became heros after they died. Kobbakaduwa is a great solder but said many times their is no militory solution for LTTE.

Only SF said openly their should be a militory solution, and that positive attitude made the biggest differnece in the war.

All generals said LTTE can not be eradicated completely, that forced succesive presidents to have a negotiated settlement with LTTE, Untill SF became the army general.

if you want more about what SF said just read what Richard Armitage said few days back.

He had said to armitage there is no militory solution for political problem, but there is a militory solution for militory problem. that statement is enough to make SF the most outstanding general of sri lankan history. None of our army generals Kobbakaduwa, Wimalaratna, Janaka Perea said openly their should be a militory solution for LTTE problem.

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