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Tigers rap Norway for silence on Tamiselvan's killing

The LTTE are angry with peace broker Norway for not officially reacting to the killing of SP Tamilselvan, reports PK Balachandran.

world Updated: Nov 08, 2007 20:41 IST
PK Balachandran
PK Balachandran
Hindustan Times

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are miffed with peace broker Norway for not officially reacting to the killing of SP Tamilselvan, the group's political commissar and chief peace negotiator, by the Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) on November 2.

The LTTE's 'serious concern' about this was conveyed to Maj Gen Lars Johan Solvberg, the head of the Scandinavian-staffed Sri Lanka (Ceasefire) Monitoring Mission (SLMM) by the new head of the political division, P Nadesan, at Kiliniochchi on Thursday.

The pro-rebel Tamilnet website said that Nadesan had asked Solvberg to tell the Norwegian government that the Tigers regretted its silence.

The LTTE's political commissar said that Tamilsevan's killing, in a pin pointed air raid, was not legitimate as he was a political man, who moved about freely and whose movements and whereabouts were not a secret.

The Tigers are clearly not satisfied by the participation of the Norwegian chief negotiator Jon Hanssen Bauer in a condolence meeting held by Sri Lankan Tamil expatriates in Oslo, where he had described Tamilselvan as a moderate person who worked hard to find a solution even in difficult situations.

The former Norwegian chief negotiator, Erik Solheim, had also condoled the death of Tamiulselvan. But the Norwegian government, like other governments, had made no comment.

The minority Tamils look at Tamilselvan as a political person and a peace negotiator, who should not have been killed in the manner he was. But the Sri Lankan government and the Sinhalese media have been portraying him as a military man rather than a political person and saying that his killing was legitimate in war.

It is pointed out that only recently, he had directed artillery fire in operations in Muhamalai south of Jaffna in North Sri Lanka. In the 1990s and early 2000s, he had commanded the rebel troops in Thenmarachchi, even while being the political wing chief and a peace negotiator. Furthermore, after his death, he was awarded the rank of Brigadier, the highest in the LTTE's fighting forces, government sources point out.

First Published: Nov 08, 2007 20:27 IST