STOP CLAYMORE MINE ATTACKS
AND SAVE VALUABLE LIVES.
V. Anandasangaree, President
Fax: (94 11) 2347721
Mr. V. Prabaharan,
Leader - LTTE
My Dear Thamby,
STOP CLAYMORE MINE ATTACKS AND SAVE VALUABLE LIVES.
The News of the Tragic death of Rev. Fr. M. X. Karunaratnam comes to
me as a great shock. This is not a death that anyone can rejoice at.
His demise is a great loss to the country and to the people of Vanni
in particular. I know Rev. Karunaratnam for a long time. He was a very
good social worker and a Human Rights Activist. I convey my deepest
sympathies to all his kith and kin and Members of his congregation and
also to all those who got benefited by his services and to those who
are deprived of his service. Here is a Man Fallen by a foolish
act. When comes such another?
It is easy for you to honour him as usual, with your Mamanithan
title and your duty ends there. What action do you propose to take to
prevent the recurrence of incidents of this nature in the future. The
TNA Members of Parliament are there only to satisfy you and they think
that with issuing a statements strongly condemning these killings, their
duty is over. They do not realise that your cadre too, with their deep
penetrating units, make similar attacks in areas that are out of bounds
for them and take away valuable lives - in many instances large number
of innocent civilians. What did your cadre do to Members of Parliament
like Hon. T. Maheswaran and Hon. D. M. Dassanayake both of who had done
their best to the Tamil Minorities. It is by penetrating deep into the
South, more than 300 Km from Kilinochchi that your cadre had taken the
life of another gentlemen politician who is very fluent in all three
languages, much respected by
the people and the clergy of all faiths in Sri Lanka, although a Catholic
by birth and above all had all the qualities and qualifications to occupy
even the Prime Ministerial Chair with perhaps only one disqualification
that he belonged to a minority community which is not a disqualification
anywhere in the world including Sri Lanka.
Please accept my advice as a remedy to this problem, which may one day
end up with somebody taking away your life or even that of your dear
ones. The landmines, claymore mines and such other objects do not differentiate
between a man and a woman, a Sinhalese and a Tamil, a Muslim and a Buddhist,
the guilty one and the innocent etc. So please decide once and for all
to stop targeting people by these means. You are fighting a War with
a Government. While engaged in war you cant complain foolishly
like our TNA Members who should condemn all killing without trying to
please one side. If you stop targeting individuals the Government Forces
too should stop forthwith. It cannot have any other option.
When I complained recently against Arial bombing in the night, I presume
it has stopped inspite of the fact, that you yourself did it at Katunayake
and Anuradhapura in the night. According to the statistics released
to the press, I observe bodies of a large number of your cadre are dispatched
to Kilinochchi everyday through the ICRC. A similar number of bodies
of Sinhalese youths are reaching the south everyday. At this rate all
youths whether Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims will be sacrificed at the
battle front with hardly any youth left.
Even at this late hour I appeal to you to give up your demand for Separation
and declare a Ceasefire, if necessary, unilaterally and go for talks
with the Government not as the Sole Representatives of the Tamil People
but as a Party to the War and also as one of the parties to the ethnic
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