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Eric Solheim-is as transparent as the Emperor in his New Clothes, parading on the streets of Oslo.He was the facilitator/negotiator between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tigers. Many alleged he was partial and prejudiced. His most recent pronouncement to Aftenposten proves it beyond doubt.

“Now he [Solheim] demands UN to investigate what happened in the last phase of the bloody civil war in Sri Lanka” quotes Aftenposten. Why did he limit it to the last phase of the war? Probably he still cannot bear to watch the last phase where his sponsor the LTTE were trounced, which in its glory days, strained to make him the facilitator on which he tried to gain fame in the international arena.

Indeed, a failed facilitator- bringing shame to the reputation of his country by being eternally biased. Sri Lanka will forever weep for the blunders made by Chandrika and Ranil in giving Eric Solheim a pride of place!

Says Solheim to Aftenposten “There is overwhelming evidence of structures within the state apparatus is behind the killings”. Is there no overwhelming evidence of any killings by the LTTE? Why is he shy even to murmur on that aspect? Probably like the LTTE, Solheim has learnt to convince himself, the LTTE does not kill.

Was Solheim wearing tinted eye lenses to be blind to all the atrocities committed by the LTTE, over the years? His request to the UN to restrict the investigation only to the last phase of the war, is understandable, to save his soul, since he propelled terrorism to great heights by providing facilities to terrorists. Why did he never complain of LTTE atrocities during all the phases of the 30 year war? In his mind, they were not crimes, war or otherwise!

Surely he knew well of child soldiers. Children forcibly conscripted from the arms of wailing mothers to fill the ranks of the depleted Tiger forces. Mothers kept in custody until children surrendered and agreed under compulsion, to wear battle fatigue. Where was he, in the midst of those human rights violations, which, in fact, was accelerated by the LTTE during the last phase of the war? Not a word of those ghastly acts to Ban Ki Moon. He does not see; He does not hear; He does not speak.

Did he forget UN resolution 1612 on Child Soldiers and findings against the LTTE? The Security Council Report on Children in Armed Conflicts with the finding that the “LTTE has continued to use and recruit children”. Did he ever report to the UN on child soldiers of the LTTE notwithstanding the UN resolution and the consequent findings against the LTTE, to which Norway is a party; while child protection is a subject on which Norway always spouts? Deaf, Dumb and Blind – should be your initials ‘D.D.B’.Solheim.

Has he never heard of LTTE killing civilians who tried to escape from their clutches? There is overwhelming evidence with the testimony from eye witnesses, but he remain as  Solheim the Silent on such occasions.

Reliance is placed on a dubious Channel Four concoction which at the very best shows no identification of Sri Lankan forces as being present or visible on the reel but a depiction of unidentifiable persons and of events that could have taken place- any where at any time with anybody and/or created or substituted specifically to arouse sympathy and support. Such periodic releases through friendly media sources are a part of LTTE false propaganda to discredit the Sri Lankan Forces, which have been duly exposed previously. There isn’t an iota of substance to relate it to Sri Lankan forces except for representations made in the voice cast of the narrator from the studio.

For the record, previously too, Channel Four journalists were deported from the country for disseminating falsified pictorials, which they did not challenge. Channel Four has a history of desiring to discredit Sri Lanka and has fallen foul of the authorities and harbors a grievance; which does not make it a reliable objective media presenter.

Throughout the War, those supporting the LTTE from the sidelines endeavored to introduce foreign interventions which were successfully repulsed. After the war the same sources have reverted to War Crimes in an effort to discredit the successful elimination of terrorism which most other, more powerful countries, have failed to achieve.

Did Norway desire the elimination of terrorism and the dawn of peace to Sri Lanka and making it one of the most secure states in South Asia or did it desire that there should be a permanent presence of terrorism in Sri Lanka where people had to live forever in fear; leaving space for Norway to interfere in the affairs of Sri Lanka and gain fame as an international peace builder.

Solheim’s words and deeds make him a perfect diplomat for the cause of terrorism. He complaints against a country that eliminated terrorism, in favour of the terrorists. He is a friend of terrorism originating from the land that seeks to play the role of a model peacemaker. A pin up photograph of Solheim should be exhibited in whatever country that seeks Norway as a facilitator or negotiator for peace. Solheim’s name should be a sufficient disqualification of Norway- a beautiful country of most kind gentle and humane people but knowing so little of Sri Lanka except of a large resident hostile expatriate Tamil refugee population (with  few exceptions) forever discrediting their motherland. With Solheim in the forefront, it is not surprising Norway has failed in most of its peace ventures and now remains on a near unwanted list of touting peace emissaries worldwide. Let them pay a tribute for that honor to Eric Solheim and let him be nominated for a Noble Prize for fostering terrorism in other countries, with Sri Lanka as the role model.

Has Solheim ever criticized the LTTE for its suicide cadres, assassination of political leaders especially in the Tamil community, attacks on innocent civilians, killing sprees in public places and loss of public property and human life. But suddenly comes alive and makes a plea to the Secretary General of the UN to investigate war crimes- he will never forgive Sri Lanka for eliminating his beloved terrorists. He desired always that terrorism should flourish in Sri Lanka for the benefit of the LTTE. It is not surprising he is behaving like a bad loser. The facilitator for both sides has become the complainant of one such party. Surely Norway could have selected a better candidate as the complainant, for it reveals the true character of their prime facilitator. Who will ever entrust another assignment to Solheim or Norway as  peace makers when they are in the pocket of one party.

Remember Solheim comes from a territory which is a safe haven for LTTE activists where even its so called present leader has secured a place for furthering terrorist activity. Those activists have now gained voting rights and are principle backers of Eric Solheim.

Has Norway as a so called friendly nation ever curtailed the activities of the LTTE terrorists using the state of Norway as a platform for its internationally illegal activities and as a base for its European functions, against another friendly country. Was it not Norway that strengthened the Tigers after twisting arms and obtaining the signatures on the CFA.?

The First Complainant, Eric Solheim should get into the dock to be questioned of his own conduct in furthering the activities of the LTTE terrorists in Sri Lanka. LTTE were among the deadliest terrorists the world has ever known –but never did he ever report them even when they killed the Foreign Minister – but instead he is targeting the Sri Lankan Armed Forces based on frivolous grounds. Heil Solheim, you deserve to be indicted for aiding and abetting terrorism.

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Of all the political documents that came out of Jaffna there is none to surpass the Vadukoddai Resolution passed at the Convention of Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) held in the electorate of Vadukoddai on May 14, 1976. It is the peak point where  diverse Jaffna-centric communal forces, lurching in all directions without a clear focal point (from 50-50 to “federalism”), came together as a decisive political expression of its ruling Vellahla caste/class. It revealed the hidden political agenda of the Tamil political caste/class aggressively. It shed the earlier sham about being non-violent Gandhians in search of a “federal state” and came out openly for the establishment of a separate Tamil state through violence. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam, the father of Tamil separatism, went through it with a fine comb and “approved the choice of words”. ( p.128 – S. J. V. Chelvanayakam and the Crisis of Sri Lankan Tamil Nationalism,1947 – 1977, a Political Biography, A. J. Wilson).The Vadukoddai Resolution was the finale of the cryptic “little now and more later” (p.128 – Ibid) mono-ethnic extremism headed by Chelvanayakam. Later in his speech to Parliament on November 19, 1976, shortly after passing the Vadukoddai Resolution in May 1976,  he spelt it out categorically saying: “We have abandoned the demand for a federal constitution.:(p.129 – Ibid.) The bogus front of federalism presented earlier was a tactical and deceptive cover to advance, covertly and incrementally, towards a separate state. The “approved choice of words” was toned down craftily to preserve the bogus Gandhian veneer while passing the ammunition. Not surprisingly, the so-called Gandhians distributed wooden pistols at their so-called non-violent demonstrations, a clear sign of coming events casting their shadows. The Vellahla masters were brain-washing the Tamil activists to be ready for what was to come.

It was a Resolution that was designed deliberately to find a military solution. The Vellahla manipulators not only “abandoned the demand for a federal solution” but also abandoned, along with it, the idea of finding a solution through parliamentary process which was the only path available for non-violent politics. The Vadukoddai Resolution contained the collective will of the Vellahlas who defined, without any ambiguity, the mono-ethnic and intransigent determination of Vellahla-dominated politics to carve out a domain that would preserve, protect and promote their traditional feudal and colonial power over the peninsula and beyond.

The flow of events that originated from the Vadukoddai Resolution had a devastating impact on the Sri Lankan polity. When it declared war and called on the Tamil youth to take up arms it legitimized violence that rolled down from the north like a demonic juggernaut crushing everything in its wake. It summarized the basic “grievances”, “aspirations”, the political parameters, the ideological base and the ultimate Eelamist objectives of Vellahla politics. Knowing that separatism and violence are inseparable it urged emphatically the violent strategy needed to achieve the final goals of Jaffna political caste/class. After listing the usual litany of complaints in its preamble it declared war in the two concluding paragraphs, which called upon the youth to take up arms and throw themselves into the struggle without flinching until “the sacred fight for ….the goal of a sovereign socialist State of EELAM is reached.”

The Vadukoddai War which began in 1976 ran its full course, through many violent twists and turns, until it went down ignominiously in Nanthi Kadal. The Vellahla fathers of the Vadukoddai Resolution of May 14, 1976 – a suicidal political act that dragged the helpless Tamils and deposited them in the cold waters of Nanthi Kadal on May 18, 2009 — never expected to be defeated by the Sinhalese. Prof. A. J. Wilson, in his hagiography, elevated his father-in-law to the grade of a “Moses who would lead the Tamil people to their promised land” (p. 8 – Ibid). In hindsight, it is clear that Chelvanayakam was more like the Pied Piper of Ipoh, Malaysia (where he was born) who lured the Tamil people of Jaffna to follow him into the watery graves of Nanthi Kadal.

Despite the devastating impact on the lives and hopes of the misled Tamils, caused primarily by the Vadukoddai Resolution, the Tamils in the diaspora have declared that they are going back to the Vadukoddai Resolution. This is stated explicitly in the provisional declaration of “the Provisional Transnational Government” which, incidentally, has no fixed abode on this planet. How far can the Tamil diaspora go down this track? What do they hope to achieve by flogging dead horse? Have they considered the deadly consequences to the Tamil people who have had enough of the Vadukoddai Resolution? Haven’t the Tamil people paid enough for the folly of their leaders in the past who led them to Nanthi Kadal?

After the collapse of the $300 million killing machine bank rolled by the Jaffna jingoists in the Tamil diaspora, after losing international support – mainly from India – and after the humiliating loss of two leaders within a space of three months, the return of the confused Tamil diaspora to a past that has no future is not only counter-productive but suicidal also. To go back to the Vadukoddai Resolution – the political altar on which the Jaffna leadership sacrificed the Tamils with no gain – can only ruin whatever is left of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. The diasporic Tamils, of course, will drop their tears in their beer and whiskey and lead their comfortable lives in Western suburbs. But shouldn’t they, at least out of compassion for their fellow-Tamils who had suffered enough, give some due consideration to rebuild their lives at the end of the futile Vadukoddai War? Are they preparing to bankroll another route to Nanthi Kadal?

Stunned by the unexpected defeat and without knowing how to face the new ground realities the frustrated and disillusioned Tamils in the diaspora have plucked out of thin air another bogus theory of shifting house from Vanni to a non-existent “Provisional Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam”. Without a fixed address on this planet and with no takers at an international level to give it some credibility it is purely a pie-in-the-sky “government” which exists only in the imagination of the big-noting, expatriate Jaffna jingoists who are behind it. Their grand standing may help them to console each other and send message that they are doing something to salvage their tattered reputations after their millions went down in Nanthi Kadal. But how is a return to Vadukoddai politics going to salvage the Tamils after what happened in Nanthi Kadal?

Their so-called “Provisional Government” is a “government” which is running around like a chook without a head. It is a “government” that no one has recognized – not even the majority of the Tamils whose first-hand experiences of going through the Vadukoddai disasters are still vivid in their memories. The fanciful description of its latest political fiction advertised as the “Provisional Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam” is an unrealizable figment in the fevered imagination of political stunt men who have not learnt a single lesson from their failed past. Besides, it is a government”, according to its own statement, that is looking for an international company to register voters to hold elections in a transnational electorate that excludes Sri Lanka. It is the first airy-fairy mobile “government” that exists, if at all, somewhere in the far distant stratosphere and they don’t have a rocket to get there. How much more comic can they get? In fact, the text which announces it reads like a hilarious sit com written by a B-grade script writer who was in a hurry to get to the toilet.

They are so bankrupt that they can’t even find a valid legal justification for their “Transnational Provisional Government”. No other known diaspora waging wars against their governments from abroad have ever come up with such a weird notion. This is typical of the dysfunctional Tamil political imagination. Politics is meant for the salvation of the people. But the Tamil leadership has shown a defective genetic trait for leading the Tamil people to either become suicide bombers or to commit mass suicide in the nearest lagoon.  The Tamil leadership also has this incurable capacity to create political illusions which eventually lead them to their own destruction. They believe that the political utopia they concoct will bring salvation whereas, in the end, their beliefs drag them to a brutal dystopia in which the Tamils find no redemption.

What is the glory left in the Vadukoddai Resolution after it ended in shooting, at point blank range, its own people who were running away from its horrors as fast as their feet could take them? The Jaffna jingoists have a consistent record of becoming the victims of their own political machinations. They declared war against the Sinhalese of the south in the Vadukoddai Resolution and, ironically, it was the children born out of this Resolution that decimated the fathers who drafted and passed the Vadukoddai Resolution.

Any serious or concerned Tamil must take a hard look at the Vadukoddai Resolution and ask: What has it done to the Tamil people of Jaffna? What are the great achievements that the Tamils of Jaffna can boast of now after the Vadukoddai Resolution ended in Nanthi Kadal? How many lives of Tamil children were cut short in their prime as a result of the violence unleashed in the Vadukoddai Resolution? Was the Vadukoddai route the only path available for the Tamils of Jaffna? If all the other Tamil-speaking minority communities decided to co-exist in a multi-cultural society, without resorting to Vadukoddai violence, why did the Jaffna Tamil leadership, which pretended to be non-violent Gandhians, declare war in the Vadukoddai Resolution, unleashing the most brutal violence on the nation and most of all on its own people? Who suffered most from the violent consequences of the Vadukoddai Resolution?

On what non-violent principles did the Jaffna Gandhians endorse violence which was the driving force of the Vadukoddai Resolution? How wise were the leaders of Jaffna to drag the Tamil people into the Vadukoddai nightmare? Why did the so-called superior intellectuals in the Jaffna peninsular fail to follow the more humane and civilized path of non-violent co-existence like the other minority leaders whose first language was also Tamil?  If the Vadukoddai Resolution is the highest peak of their political imagination then what is the calibre of their intellect? Did not the Tamil leadership overplay their hand imagining that they had the power to defy the whole world and impose their will on Sri Lanka? Who should take responsibility for leading the Tamils into the hell hole in the Vadukoddai Resolution?  The ending of the Vadukoddai Resolution in Nanthi Kadal is the conclusive and triumphant argument that demolishes the unsustainable accusations of blaming the Sinhala-Buddhists of the south for everything that went wrong in the peninsular politics. It is the mono-ethnic extremism of the north that produced the Vadukoddai Resolution. And finally when it sank unceremoniously in the brackish waters of Nanthi Kadal they were dumb founded, more so because they could not scapegoat the Sinhala-Buddhists this time. They launched the Vadukoddai War. They financed it. They directed it. They recruited the old and the young into it. They even forced the young pregnant girls to eat raw pineapples and jump from tree-tops to abort the children in their wombs so that they could be forced to fight in the futile war declared in the Vadukoddai Resolution. And when they lost the Vadukoddai War, after fighting for 33 years rejecting international and national offers of peace, the violent villains of Vadukoddai had no one to blame except their own monumental folly.

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India played a critical, albeit covert, role in the success of Sri Lanka’s war against the Tamil Tigers, with the Indian Navy providing vital intelligence in locating and destroying at least a dozen LTTE rogue vessels laden with arms, says the first such detailed account of the operation.
India’s covert support to Sri Lanka in the war against the LTTE assumed many forms, ranging from back-channel talks and a tacit endorsement of Colombo’s destroy-LTTE mission to supply of military hardware and sharing of real-time intelligence, says Nitin A. Gokhale in his book “Sri Lanka – From War to Peace” (Har-Anand Publications).

New Delhi helped Colombo in myriad ways despite its public hands-off posture and denial of offensive weapons to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam (LTTE) due to domestic political compulsions, contends Gokhale.

The ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in New Delhi was dependent upon the DMK party from Tamil Nadu, perceived to be sympathetic to the LTTE, for its survival in parliament.

“Publicly, India maintained that it would not give Sri Lanka any offensive weapons. Yet, in early 2006 India quietly gifted five Mi-17 helicopters to the Sri Lankan Air Force,” Gokhale writes. “The only Indian condition was: these helicopters would fly under Sri Lankan Air Force colours. New Delhi clearly did not want to annoy UPA’s Tamil Nadu allies like the DMK unnecessarily,” he says.

The author singles out the Indian Navy for special praise. The Indian Coast Guard gifted a Sukanya Class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) to the Sri Lankan Navy in 2002, which played a major role in several daring missions launched by the Sri Lankan Air Force to rescue the Army’s Deep Penetration Units when they were surrounded by LTTE’s counter-infiltration units.

The OPVs also helped when injured soldiers had to be airlifted from deep inside LTTE-held territory.

The author quotes Sri Lanka’s Navy Chief Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda to underline the Indian Navy’s contribution in locating and destroying at least 10 ‘floating warehouses’ owned and used by the LTTE for storing arms, ammunition and even armoured personnel carriers.

According to Indian and Sri Lankan Navy sources quoted by the author in his book, well-coordinated operations by the two navies between 2006 and 2009 actually broke the backbone of the LTTE’s Sea Tigers.

Intelligence-sharing also proved crucial. The Indian Navy’s Dorniers, fitted with powerful radars, based at Ramnad in Tamil Nadu flew regular reconnaissance missions over the seas around Sri Lanka.

“Whenever a suspicious ship was detected, the Indian Navy passed on the information to the Sri Lankans. The real time intelligence helped Sri Lankan Navy to track and then destroy the LTTE arms consignments,” says Gokhale, who covered the last phase of Sri Lanka’s battle against Tamil Tigers for NDTV.

The book also recounts vividly the last days of LTTE chief V. Prabhakaran, who pioneered the cult of suicide bombers and tormented the Sri Lankan state and people for three decades.

Ordering the assassination of former prime minister of India Rajiv Gandhi proved to be a major strategic error on the part of the charismatic guerrilla leader, the author writes.

Gokhale also provides an insight into the Sri Lankan government’s winning strategy for the decimation of the LTTE that ended Asia’s longest-running insurgency.

(Thaindian News)

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