Silencing India Factors escalates SriLankan war over Tamils hottest reviews

 

“Silencing the Indian factor” was a “tower of strength” for advancing troops to accomplish their task of marching into the Tamil Tiger rebels’ “politico-administrative capital” of Kilinochchi in Sri Lanka’s north, a media report said here on Friday.

Ranil Wijayapala in his weekly defence column in the state-run Daily News said it was significant that “all cries by the Tamil Nadu politicians went silent soon after the visit of Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa’s visit to India”.

He said many Tamil Nadu politicians, including its Chief Minister K. Karunanidhi, “have changed their stance” regarding Sri Lanka following the visit by Rajapaksa to brief the Indian government “on the present status of the Tamil civilians entrapped in Wanni and the steps taken by the government to fulfil their basic needs”.

“The silencing of the Indian factor after effectively convincing them of the true picture of the Sri Lankan situation, though the situation had no major effect on the military operations conducted by the security forces, was a tower of strength for the troops now engaged in the military operations in Wanni since there was an ambiguity on their part about the future of the military operations,” Wijayapala said in his column.

He said that the entire international community has understood the fact that the campaigns by Tamil Nadu politicians sympathetic to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) “was one of the last options tried by the LTTE to stop their humiliating defeat in face of the military thrust on them in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu”.

 

Sri Lankan Civil War
Date July 1983 – present
Location Sri Lanka
Status Ongoing
Belligerents
Sri Lanka
Indian Peace Keeping Force (1987–90)
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
Commanders
Junius Richard Jayawardene (1983–89)
Ranasinghe Premadasa (1989–93) 
Dingiri Banda Wijetunge (1993–94)
Chandrika Kumaratunga (1994–2005)
Mahinda Rajapaksa (2005– present)
Velupillai Prabhakaran (1983– present)
Strength
78,000 7,000
Casualties and losses
17,066 SLA soldiers killed as of 2001
1,500 IPKF soldiers killed;
1,000 Sri Lankan police killed;
2,617 SLA soldiers killed after 2001
Total: 22,183
19,877 Tigers killed as of 2007
30,000 civilians killed
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November 4, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . news.

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