The foreign hands behind the LTTE
If you wondered why LTTE could not be defeated for 3 decades there is no one reason. When you look at the plethora of players that were backing the LTTE over the years, you will never want to stop showering accolades at the Sri Lankan Armed Forces as well as the political leadership that had the guts to withstand these multiple forces that were using the LTTE to advance their own geopolitical agendas in the region.
Let’s take a step back & run through just some of these players most of whom we know well enough
Indian intelligence wing RAW was created in 1968 led by Rameshwar Nath Kao till retirement in 1977. According to Stephen P Cohen of Brookings Institute CIA assisted the creation of RAW.
The ‘Tamil New Tigers’ was formed in 1972 immediately after the country’s 1st republican constitution.
TNT was re-christened as ‘Liberation of Tigers of Tamil Eelam’ (LTTE) in 1976 immediately after the Tamil racist leaders put forward the separatist agenda with the Vaddukoddai Resolution.
Poignant to note is that Sri Lankan Tamil armed militancy began training in India in the 1970s well before July 1983.
Indira Gandhi’s government
The Indian Government saved a cornered Prabakaran in Vadamarachchi in 1987 & flew him to India
RAW (Research & Analysis Wing)
LTTE leader’s deputy, Gopalaswamy Mahendrarajah, alias Mahattaya, was a RAW agent
Advanced training of the LTTE was arranged by the Indian intelligence agency in Lebanon under Russian General Mikhail Barsukov in early 1990s.
RAW also managed LTTE’s sophisticated training in Israel in collaboration with its intelligence agency MOSSAD.
Prabhakaran’s ‘handler’ when the LTTE leader was in India, Chandran additional secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat and in charge of RAW in Sri Lanka
Tamil Nadu Leaders/Politicians
In the 1970s LTTE developed links with Tamil Nadu political groups – Dravida Kazhagam headed by Veramani, the Kamraj Congress headed by Nedumaran and the Pure Tamil Movement headed by Perinchintanarayanan.
LTTE had links to M G R Ramachandran, Karunanidhi
In April 1984 Pirapaharan met for the first-time Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. G. Ramachandran,’
In April 1984, Balasingham and Adele lived in a house in Thiruvanmiyur. Pirapaharan lived in another house nearby.
Many a Tamil politician have been pro-LTTE. An interesting video has emerged in social media highlighting the church involved in the great Tamil Eelam project.
Daya Gamage in his article the US early flirtation with Tamil militancy shows examples of ambiguity in responses by the US. In 2003 he quotes Deputy Secretary of State Armitrage of saying the United States government is encouraged by the vision of the LTTE as a genuine political entity.”
When pro-US President Jayawardena requested US military assistance in 1980s to defeat LTTE, the US refused.
What is interesting is that in 1970 Sri Lanka severed ties with Israel for its refusal to withdraw from Palestinian territory but in 1980s Palestine began aiding LTTE in the 1980s while President Jayawardena renewed links with Mossad allowing 50 officers to provide Sri Lanka Army training in 1983 & Mossad ended up training both Sri Lanka Army & Tamil militants. Sri Lanka paid
According to Victor Ostrovsky’s book ‘By way of deception: The making of a Mossad officer’ RAW had been paid by Mossad for brining Tamils (TELO) to train in Israel. In 1987, the Hindustan Times reported that in the Sri Lankan city of Jaffna, the troops seized large quantities of arms with Israeli markings, meant for the Tamils.
According to A Bharathkumar LTTE began training in 1970s & obtained arms from OXFAM who he refers to as ‘one of the most powerful & secretive British intelligence organizations acting under non-governmental cover”.
That British mercenaries were training LTTE was revealed by John Glover, a British writer to the Western Mail in Wales a band of mercenary soldiers recruited in South Wales is training a Tamil army to fight for a separate state in Sri Lanka. About 20 mercenaries were signed up after a meeting in Cardiff and have spent the last 2 months in southern India preparing a secret army to fight the majority Sinhalese, the the cause of a separate Tamil state in Sri Lanka”.
In June 2018 it was announced that the British Foreign Office had destroyed some 200 files belonging to 1978-1980 period www.dailymirror.lk
The British Special Air Services firm Keenie Meenie Services also trained the Sri Lankan Army & the LTTE in the 1980s (A Bharatkumar P K T – Terrorism Comes from Us”)
In 2003 a trial of Michael McKevitt held in Dublin, Ireland revealed attempts by the Real IRA (Irish Republican Army) to develop links with Tamil Tigers.
According to Dushy Ranetunge Deirdre McConnel (IRA) was linked to LTTE & worked as a LTTE humanitarian lobbyist in the LTTE led front, the Tamil Centre for Human Rights (TCHR) in Manchester. www.island.lk
LTTE reaches out to Scottish separatists – https:defence.pk
Britain banned LTTE on February 28, 2000. MPs Robert Evans, Linda Perham, Andrew Dismore, Dr. Jenny Tong, Jeremy Corbyn, John MacDonald, Andy Love raised objections against ban.
LTTE’s defacto headquarters was in London masquerading under the name British Tamil Association” with debit accounts in Natwest Bank.
MPs Hon Andrew Love (Labour), Hon Simon Hughes (Lib Dem), Hon Jeremy Corbyn (Lab), Hon John McDonnell (Lab), Hon Paul Burstow (Lib Dem), Hon Susan Kramer (Lib Dem), Hon Andrew Dismore (Lab), Hon Andrew Pelling (Independent), Hon Lee Scott (Conservative), Rt. Hon Keith Vaz (Lab) and the Hon Minister Bill Rammell (Lab) Gavin Barwell, Tom Brake, James Brokenshire, David Burrowes, Edward Davey, Duncan Smith, Barry Gardiner, Zac Goldsmith, Robert, Halfon, Stephen Hammond, Nick Hurd, Joseph Johnson, Sadiq Khan, Siobhain McDonagh, Bob Neill, Richard Ottoway, Stephen Pound, Andrew Rosindell, Sarah Teather, Gareth Thomas, Stephen Timms, Theresa Villiers, Angela Watkinson, Angus Robertson, Dianne Abbot, Jon Trickett, Mark Hendrik, Philip Davies, Peter Bottomley, David Miliband, Stella Creasy & John Mann, have all been openly supportive of LTTE. www.srilankaguardian.org
British MPs – Siobhan McDonagh and Joan Ryan
For Prabakaran’s 50th birthday 5000 Tamils gathered in Wembley Arena with entrance fee £35 per head.
MR Barry Gardiner MP arrived in Sri Lanka in 2001 without even informing the SL High Commission. He has been a regular attendee of LTTE events in the UK. He together with LTTE front Confederation of Tamil Associations UK” organized an event booked under Gardiners name.
In 2010 – British MPs attend a fundraising dinner in Harrow organized LTTE front – Nick Hurd, David Ashton, Jean Lammiman, Richard Almond, Golsie Simms,
In October 2010 – Siobhain McDonagh MP calls for the UK to take action against Sri Lanka. Hansard transcript www.publications.parliament.uk
In September 2011 – Rt. Hon. Douglas Alexander MP calls for an international commission on inquiry into war crimes against Sri Lanka speaking at a Tamils for Labor event at the Labour Party Conference
In September 2012 – Gareth Thomas MP makes an emergency Point of Order” speech in the House of Commons raising concerns about the Human Rights Watch report about Tamil asylum seekers deported from UK and being tortured in Sri Lanka.
In January 2013 – Lee Scott MP calls for, justice for Tamil people – he is the Chairman of the APPGT
In 2011 – 41 British MPs wrote to PM Cameron calling for an independent, international inquiry against Sri Lanka. These MPs – Lee Scott (Chair) Virendra Sharma (Vice Chair) Siobhain McDonagh (Vice Chair) Simon Hughes (Vice Chair)
Heidi Alexander, Ian Austin Hazel, Blears Peter Bottomley Russell Brown David Cairns Martin Caton Katy Clark Jeremy Corbyn Stella Creasy Jon Cruddas Jim Cunningham John Cryer Jim Dowd Clive Efford Mike Gapes Barry Gardiner Mary Glindon Robert Halfon Tom Harris Margaret Hodge Sharon Hodgson George Howarth David Lammy Andy Love John Mann Stephen McCabe John McDonnell Teresa Pearce Steve Pound Nick Raynsford Chris Ruane Joan Ruddock Stephen Timms Emily Thornberry Gareth Thomas Keith Vaz.
UK even gave permission for World Tamil Conference on November 10, 2012 at the British House of Parliament where Jeremy Corbyn urged the international community to recognize Tamil’s aspirations and their right to self-determination in Sri Lanka. Also present were Siobhain McDonagh, Mike Gapes, Barry Gardiner, Seema Malhotra, Stella Creasy, Kate Green while Garath Thomas urged to set up international independent inquiries. Conservative MPs were Steve Baker, Steve Brine, Bob Blackman, Alok Sharma, Stephen Hammond, Mike Freer, Nick de Bois, Iain Stewart, Lord Popat of Harrow. Liberal Democrat MPs Tom Brake
Fredrica Jansz in an article titled the LTTE rides high in Norway while Lanka gets torn apart” that LTTE raises half a million US dollars per month in Norway & Scandinavian countries, with 6 offices out of Norway operating as fronts. Jon Westborg, the Norwegian ambassador in Colombo denies LTTE offices in Norway.
In a 2014 Wikileaks release, revealed a confidential US embassy cable on 23 Oct 2003 that the then President Chandrika B requested the removal of the SLMM chief Tryggve Teleffsen as he & the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission had tipped off LTTE vessel helping it escape from the Sri Lanka Navy.
Shamindra Ferdinando writing to the Island in 2016 ‘a secret Norwegian missive to Dear Mr. Prabakaran” in the wake of the Kadiragamar assassination” claims that LTTE women leader Thamilini confirmed that Prabakaran ordered the assassination of Lakshman Kadiragamar
What more is there to say when an interview with Eric Solheim says that he regrets he ‘could not spend more time with Prabakaran”
Norway, Solheim helped establish LTTE-Eritrea links for arms deals http:infolanka.asia
Sri Lanka accuses Oslo envoy Erik Solheim of financing Tamil Tigers 2014 www.scmp.com
Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper threatened to boycott Commonwealth Summit in 2013 Sri Lanka. Pro-LTTE TNA parliamentarian Sumitharann thanked Canadian MP Stephen Harper and Foreign Minister John Baird for supporting their cause.
In 2007 Liberal MPs Jim Karygiannis, Derek Lee, Maria Minna, Yasmin Ratansi & Borys Wrzesnewskyi participated in an event to commemorate death of LTTE Tamilselvan. MP Karygiannis had met Tamilselvan in 2004 in Sri Lanka.
MP Bob Rae
On June 9, 2009, Rae was denied entry by Sri Lankan Immigration officials (in 2006 the Canadian Govt did not allow British MP George Galloway to enter Canada citing his links to Hamas) Bob Rae set up the Forum of Federation together with Centre for Policy Alternatives organized several workshops in the Wanni on federalism in 2002. www.cpalanka.org
Forum of Federations has been active in Nepal since 2008 sponsored by Global Affairs Canada. The Forum worked extensively with Nepali Constituent Assembly members assisting their efforts to draft a federal constitution.
The Forum is also involved in Myanmar in training sessions in Yangon and Nay Pyi Daw for Burma politicians, civil society representatives and media personnel.
Former PM Paul Martin when he was Finance Minister & MP Ms. M. Minna and several MPs attended an LTTE fundraiser in 2000 (Dining with Terrorists – Judi McLeod)
Cabinet Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Bill Graham prevented LTTE proscription in Canada in 2003.
Liberal member of the Canadian Parliament Gurbax Malhi addressed a rally in Ottawa on March 5 against the backdrop of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam flags.
Proscribed pro-LTTE event attended by Federal Citizenship and Immigration Minister Hon. Chris Alexander, Ontario Premier Hon. Kathleen Wynne, , Parliamentary Assistant to the Prime Minister M.P. Paul Calandra, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, John Tory, York Region Police Chief Eric Jolliffe, Consul General for India in Toronto Mr. Akhilesh Mishra, U.S. Consulate General Vice Consul in Toronto Mr. David Swalley, academics, members of law enforcement, and business and community leaders (Jan 2014) in which Federal Liberal leader Mr. Justin Trudeau was the chief guest.
Conservative Party MP Roxanne James laid flowers inside the Canadian Parliament on the 5th year Anniversary of May 2009, ‘Vanished Voices Memorial’ in 2014 others who attended were other MPs – Dr. Kirsty Duncan, David Smith, John McKay, Don Meredith & the Human Rights critic Wayne Marston,
Conservative MP Deepak Obhrai visited Jaffna in 2013 & laid a wreath allegedly for dead LTTE.
SPUR spokesman Mr. Ranjith Soysa in a hard hitting letter to MP John Murphy regarding his statement made to the Australian parliament on 28 June 2008 questioned by he was reluctatnt to name & shame the LTTE for its crimes.
Australian Green party Senator Lee Rhiannon has been a frequent glorifier of LTTE terrorists even inside the Australian parliament calling to celebrate the Tamil Terrorism’ day on 27 Nov 2014.
Funding panel discussions by LTTE diaspora has been another means of promoting itself globally. The Human Rights Law Centre was the venue in 2013 where despite the organizers being notified of a biased panel the program went on as scheduled. The panel included one Dr. Sam Pari who had been connected with LTTE with a member of the audience even producing copies of her LTTE ID.
Another pro-LTTE supporter Bruce Haig who claims all asylum seekers should be allowed into Australia.
The extent of LTTE infiltration into international government & international systems was clearly visible in the manner that ‘Tamil Eelam’ was featured as a country in Australia’s census in 2016.
In July 1995, US national Kenneth Mulder employed with National Council for Christian Churches (NCCC) was arrested by Sri Lankan police in Vavuniya for links to LTTE after NCCC’s offices were raided by police.
Also in 1995 when the conflict escalated the International Committee of the Red Cross refused to put its food-ships through the government security at the port of Kankasanthurai & wanted to be allowed to directly travel to the LTTE’s Point Pedro pier (we can recall they tried similar stunts during the final phase of the conflict too)
LTTE Terrorism-Church Links – Can someone explain these photos? www.sinhalanet.net
LTTE-Christian ties – http:ltte-christian-ties.blogspot.com
The Church & Its Links to Sri Lanka’s Terrorism & Elsewhere http:unethicalconversionwatch.org
Voice of Tigers ties up with Veritas – www.infolanka.com
Praising The Lord & Passing The Ammunition To Prabhakaran (H D L Mahindapala) www.colombotelegraph.com
Catholic Church, an ally of Tamil Tiger terrorists www.srilankaguardian.org
The Catholic Church as the backbone of the international LTTE resurgence. www.lankaweb.com
Frances Harrison ‘Counting the Dead’ from overseas!
C4 lies has been exposed enough of times and the fact that LTTE blood money has been instrumental in its ‘edited’ documentaries is now an open secret.
Who is the giant ‘black tiger’ that backs the pro-LTTE elements?
We all know the level former UN official Gordon Weiss stooped to in doctoring ‘dead’ estimates so he could sell his book ‘the Cage’.
The foreign media stands guilty of guestimating numbers of dead and building sensationalism around the last phase of the conflict completely ridiculing the humanitarian effort that save 300,000 Tamils & running down the only military that was able to defeat a terrorist outfit.
Former United States Attorney General, Ramsey Clark is now a legal counsel for a US-based LTTE front that remains proscribed under UNSC 1373
Bruce Feinn is another lawyer retained by the LTTE fronts. ‘Why Bruce Fein has come forward to deproscribe the LTTE in the US www.asiantribune.com
Pro-LTTE Attorney ordered to pay the defendant he sued: Bruce Fein gets drubbing in US Federal Court www.lankaweb.com
The LTTE’s Bruce Fein and the IMF Loan www.island.lk
Foreign NGOs/Human Rights Organizations
Amnesty International accepted Canadian dollars 50,000 from a proscribed pro-LTTE front operating from Canada
Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace & Justice
Professor Craig Scott, M.P. and founding member of the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice.
What exactly is World Vision upto again in North Sri Lanka? www.lankaweb.com
Save the Children in Sri Lanka refutes providing funds to the LTTE https:reliefweb.int
LTTE used notorious Norwegian NGO’s vehicles for military activities www.asiantribune.com
The above names linked to LTTE is not even near the full total & some of the names are likely to emerge after their demise. However, from the names given any reader should understand the pressures that the Sri Lankan governments in power had to deal with. However, while all of the Sri Lankan Governments caved into these foreign pressures it took one President to defy all the odds & give his military the orders to annihilate the LTTE, you can therefore understand why the same parties & personalities wish to take revenge on that President & all those who were involved in the elimination of the LTTE.
Is it therefore, not our national duty to protect those that defied the odds to ensure we are living without LTTE bombs, suicide missions, assassinations simply to advance the geopolitical agendas of external parties & enable a set of others to get rich enjoying perks & privileges for helping LTTE thrive?
Shenali D Waduge