Stop claymore mine attacks
Sangaree tells Prabhakaran:
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,Said TULF leader V.
Anandasangaree in a letter to Prabhakaran.
He said: 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,
'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 statements strongly condemning these killings,
their duty is over. They do not realise that your cadres 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 cadres do to Members of Parliament like T. Maheswaran
and D. M. Dassanayake both of whom had done their best to the Tamil
minorities. It is by penetrating deep into the South, more than 300 Km
from Kilinochchi that your cadres 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 can't complain foolishly like our TNA members who should condemn all
killings 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 in spite 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 cadres
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 battlefront 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 conflict."