Kilinochchi is a day dream of Rajapakse
The military strength of the LTTE remains
the same despite not having Karuna, LTTE
Leader Velupillai Pirapaharan said. In an
e-mail interview with Indian magazine
Nakkeeran last week, Pirapaharan
admitted that the Sri Lankan troops were
near Kilinochchi town. "The forces have
entered parts of our homeland and are
stationed in close proximity to Kilinochchi
town. Our cadres are carrying out attacks on
the Sinhala forces to prevent them from
entering Kilinochchi." "But, capturing
Kilinochchi is just a day dream of Rajapakse."
He also expressed his gratitude to Tamil
Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi for
standing up against the violence on the
Tamil people during the recent military
operations in the north. "He has always
showed his love and passion towards the Sri
Lankan Tamils. He has proved it on several
occasions. He has not only voiced his
concern against the Sinhala state terrorism
in Tamileelam, but has also showed it in
Q: What is your view on the voice raised in
support of the Sri Lankan Tamils in Tamil
Nadu, after the 1980s?
A: The government forces and the
extremist leaders carried out an
unprecedented genocide of the Tamils in
1983. The extent of the genocide was such
that thousands of Tamils were killed and
their wealth extorted. Several hundreds of
thousands have fled the country and sought
refuge in other countries. Those untold
agonies cannot be forgotten. The people and
the political leaders of Tamil Nadu have
expressed their anger against the killings,
putting aside their political differences.
Even today, the government forces are
carrying out massive genocidal attacks on
Tamils using their sea, air and ground
troops. Civilians being killed or deserting
their homes have become a daily occurrence.
The people of Tamil Nadu have stood up for
the Sri Lankan Tamils whenever they have
gone through untold sufferings. This is what
has happened in Tamil Nadu today. This
situation will definitely give us more
Q: Recently at the general meeting held in
Chennai, Chief Minister Dr. Kalaignar (Karunanidhi)
made an emotional statement in support of
the Sri Lankan Tamils. Soon afterwards, he
convened an All-Party Meeting and called
upon the Central Government to stop the
'genocide of Tamils' by the Sinhala
government within two weeks. Otherwise, the
Tamil Nadu parliamentarians would resign.
What is your view of the stance taken by the
A: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister,
Kalaignar is a Tamil nationalist. He has
always showed his love and passion towards
the Sri Lankan Tamils. He has proved it on
several occasions. He has not only voiced
his concern against the Sinhala state
terrorism in Tamileelam, but has also showed
it in action. Today, it makes us happy to
see him taking a stance in support of the
Tamils when they face untold sufferings. We
expect such support in the future as well.
Q: Jayalalitha, who is against your
organisation and who was instrumental in
banning your organisation in India, had two
weeks ago taken a stance in favour of the
Sri Lankan issue. But today, she has changed
her stance. What is your view of the change
in Jayalalitha's stance?
A: The effect of the genocide of
Tamils carried out by the Sinhala government
has shaken the whole of Tamil Nadu. The
political leaders there have put aside their
political differences and voiced their
support for us. Jayalalitha had also voiced
her support. But, if she has changed her
stance now, what could we say about it?
Q: President Mahinda Rajapakse has said that
they would capture your current capital
Kilinochchi. What is the actual situation on
the warfront in Sri Lanka?
A: The Sri Lankan government is
receiving military assistance from several
countries. They are buying more and more
military equipment. They are using these
equipment to carry out genocidal attacks on
Tamils. The forces have entered parts of our
homeland and are stationed in close
proximity to Kilinochchi town.
Our cadres are carrying out attacks on the
Sinhala forces to prevent them from entering
Kilinochchi. The military is facing severe
losses due to these attacks. Therefore, the
forces are carrying out indiscriminate
attacks on civilian areas. More than 100,000
Tamils have fled their homes and are
continuously on the move as refugees,
seeking safe areas.
But, capturing Kilinochchi is just a day
dream of Rajapakse.
Q: The Sri Lankan military is receiving help
from several countries. You do not have the
support of any country. Do you believe that
you could emerge victorious given this fact?
A: We have the support of the Tamils
all over the world. Our people are with us.
During a struggle for the freedom of a
community it is necessary to have the
support and strength of the people. That
will pave the way for victory. On that
aspect, we continuously receive immense
support from Tamils around the world.
Therefore, the final victory will be ours.
It will be the victory of the Tamil people
Q: The Sri Lankan military says that they
have weakened the Tigers by reducing them to
A: It is the Sinhalese forces that
are facing severe losses while attacking us.
The Sinhalese government has strategically
censored the truth. The media supporting the
Sinhala state is also doing the same thing.
President Rajapakse is strategically
carrying out false propaganda using
pro-government media. It is an effort by
President Rajapakse to create an anti-LTTE
opinion. Our military power remains strong
Q: What do you say on the claims by the
military that it had destroyed your
hideouts, the Tiger runway and your secret
A: The Sinhala forces cannot destroy
our meeting places and runways. Only the
houses of civilians, hospitals, educational
institutions and places of worship are being
destroyed due to the indiscriminate
engagements carried out by the military. The
military is also destroying nature by
dropping their bombs on forests. The
military is carrying out attacks on the
homes of the Tamils and on nature to destroy
Tamilleelam and the Tamils, and claim that
they have destroyed our hideouts.
Q: We got to know that there were attacks on
your political headquarters recently. Were
you there during the time of the attack?
A: There were attacks. But, there
have been no damage. No one was there at the
time of the attack.
Q: It has been continuously said that the
reason for your inability to retaliate in
the north, and your weakness is due to the
absence of Karuna?
A: Karuna betrayed the organisation.
He has been rejected by the organisation.
The Tamil people also rejected Karuna no
sooner the LTTE rejected him. He now
functions as the paramilitary of the Sinhala
forces after betraying the movement and the
Tamil people. At this stage where our people
have rejected him and where we have the
total support of our people, I completely
reject this question.
Q: Your view on the appointment of Karuna as
an MP by Mahinda Rajapakse?
A: The Sinhala state, which is
carrying out genocidal attacks on Tamils, is
using Karuna as a tool to fool the
international community and receive military
assistance. Rajapakse has given this
appointment to Karuna, the traitor, for this
purpose. We see it as a payment for his
labour, given by the leader of an autocratic
government of Rajapakse for betraying the
struggle of the Tamils.
Q: You have accused
of providing weapons to Sri Lanka. On what
basis do you make these allegations?
A: Several media organisations have
stated that India is continuously providing
military equipment and training. The media
also reported to the world that Indian
experts were involved in providing training
to operate the radar instrument in Vavuniya,
which is very saddening.
Q: Will the war by the government continue?
Or do you feel that there would be another
suitable environment for talks?
A: We can only expect such a
situation depending on the politics within
the government and its military stance. But
during the recent past, the government
unilaterally abrogated the ceasefire
agreement and has been saying that a
military solution is the only answer to the
Q: How do you think that
could contribute on the ethnic issue of
A: We expect that it would lift the
ban on our organisation and support us to
fulfill the long awaited aspirations of the
Q: Recently the suicide force belonging to
your organisation had killed former Major
General Janaka Perera?
A: It has been a common practice of
the Sinhala army to blame such attacks on
our movement. There are conflicts within the
army ranks that could result in taking each
Q: The Sri Lankan government has told India
that there is a necessity to destroy the
Tigers which carries out suicide attacks and
also destroys innocent Sinhalese. Indian
political analysts meanwhile question as to
how the Tigers could expect a positive
response from India given this situation?
A: We do not carry out attacks on
innocent Sinhala civilians. Ours is a
liberation organisation fighting for the
liberation of the Tamil people. We strongly
believe that a solution cannot be reached by
killing normal civilians. We have
continuously called upon the Indian
political analysts and policy makers to
clearly understand this.
Q: The Sri Lanka Army has warned that
Pirapaharan cannot live in bunkers for long
and that he should surrender?
A: I'm not living in bunkers. We are
living among the people, fighting for them
and carrying out our freedom struggle. It is
a common phrase used by the military during
the last 30 years.
Q: What is your psychological state given
the current intense situation at the
A: We are with a firm resolve to
carry out the liberation struggle. We have
faced several obstacles in our 30 years of
struggle and have used them for our
Even those who were commanders of the Indian
Peace Keeping Force have written in praise
of our mental strength and our leadership.
We are determined to face any obstacle that
comes our way.
Q: On the claims made by the Sri Lanka Army
that Pirapaharan is trying to flee abroad as
A: This is nothing but the usual
Q: Rajapakse says that he will hand over
Pirapaharan to India if he surrenders?
A: This is one of the many dreams of
Q: What should be the contribution of Tamil
Nadu in the 30-year-old ethnic conflict?
A: We expect that they would continue
to provide their support until our people
are liberated and also help gain
international recognition for our freedom
Q: Do the Tigers still maintain a good
relationship with the international
A: We continue to have dialogues with
the international community with regard to
Q: Do you still demand Tamileelam as a
solution? Or do you accept an administrative
framework with minimum powers?
A: The Tamil people have at every
election since 1977, indicated what their
political aspirations are. That would be the
permanent solution for the ethnic crisis.