2nd Lead (Adds corrections)

SL Government admits SLA complicity in Karuna affair

[TamilNet, Thursday, 24 June 2004, 10:39 GMT]
Contradicting Defense Secretary Cyril Herath who denied Monday that Sri Lanka Army (SLA) gave shelter to renegade commander Muralitharan (alias Karuna), Information Minister of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government, Mangala Samaraweera, admitted to the press today that the SLA helped Karuna "escape and wage a covert war of attrition against the Tamil Tigers" according to a BBC report from Colombo today.

Mangala Samaraweera
Sri Lanka's Information Minister, Mangala Samaraweera (Photo: AFP)
Mr Samaraweera also told the BBC that "an informal inquiry is being held into the incident . He described the incident as "rather disturbing" and an attempt to sabotage the peace process, the report said.

The Minister "stressed this was without the knowledge of the government" and said that "this assistance to a rebel defector was actually a plot by the opposition to sabotage the government's chances of doing a peace deal with the Tamil Tigers," the report said.

The admission comes under the wake of denial issued by Defense Secretary, Cyril Herath, who told the BBC Sinhala Service Sandeshya Monday: "I categorically deny the allegations by the LTTE that GoSL is providing shelter to Karuna. These are just allegations and if the LTTE can provide evidence, the GoSL will investigate the matter."

Meanwhile, the main opposition United National Party (UNP) in a press release Wednesday reiterated its policy of non-interference in the internal matters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and said that it is investigating one of its national list parliamentarian Mr.Ali Zahir Moulana Seyed who had admitted to giving Karuna safe passage to Colombo from east on April 11 following the outbreak of revolt.

Mr.Moulana submitted his resignation to his party leadership after admitting helping Karuna escape from Batticaloa.



Women defectors from Karuna group
Four senior LTTE women cadres who first revealed Karuna's whereabouts to the press (L-R) Theenthamil, Lavanya, Premini and Nilavini (Photo: EelaNaatham)

 

Latest 15 Reports
02.11.21 15:32   Photo
13 ஆம் சட்டத்திருத்தத்தால் கட்டமைக்கப்பட்ட இன அழிப்பை எதிர்கொள்ள முடியுமா?
17.05.21 19:23   Photo
Ananthi blames war criminal Silva for blocking collective memorial at Mu'l'livaaykkaal
23.03.21 12:41   Photo
No focus on Tamil genocide, geopolitics gets played out in Geneva in favour of QUAD formation
21.03.21 13:34   Photo
Navi Pillay explains ‘human rights’ limitations in Geneva on Tamil genocide
15.03.21 20:36   Photo
Deceived Tamil activists in UK falsely claimed ‘substantial changes’ to Zero draft
09.03.21 21:34   Photo
UK repeatedly wronged Tamils says hunger-striker, demands genocide justice
26.02.21 11:53   Photo
Tamils witness false dilemma in Geneva as geopolitical formations pit against each other
19.02.21 14:02   Photo
UK not prepared to push for ICC option in new UNHRC Resolution
07.02.21 23:16   Photo
Unprecedented P2P uprising paves the way for rights-oriented politics of Tamils and Muslims
22.01.21 08:01   Photo
Gotabaya sets up deceptive COI citing ‘sovereignty’ and ‘non-aligned’ foreign policy
18.01.21 23:44   Photo
Tamil activists resisted three sources of outside influence while drafting demands to UNHRC
16.01.21 11:03  
Tamil national parties demand UN to inquire into crime of genocide and set up IIIM
09.01.21 09:37   Photo
Demolition of Tamil genocide monument, fourth emblematic trauma since 1974: Rev Fr Sakthivel
08.01.21 23:51   Photo
Colombo destroys Mu'l'livaaykkaal memorial monument at Jaffna University
07.01.21 11:22   Photo
With emphasis on genocide, Suresh calls for ICC-referral, IIIM and referendum
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=12278