Tigers slam wounding of US journalist

[TamilNet, Thursday, 19 April 2001, 13:43 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers Thursday condemned the wounding Monday of an American journalist by Sri Lanka Army troops who opened fire on Marie Colvin's party as "an act of cowardice" and praised the correspondent's bravery in crossing into the Vanni to examine the situation there for herself. Ms. Colvin had crossed the lines back into government-held territory with the hope the SLA would honour its unilateral New-Year truce, the LTTE said in a statement issued in the Vanni.

The text of the statement follows:

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in an official statement issued today from its headquarters in Vanni, northern Sri Lanka, blamed the government troops for opening fire on the American journalist Marie Catherine Colvin and wounding her when she attempted to cross the northern front lines on Monday night. "It is an act of cowardice by nervous trigger-happy soldiers", the statement said.

"Ms Marie Colvin decided to cross the front lines in Vavuniya hoping that the Sri Lankan troops would not fire since the government declared a temporary cease-fire for five days for the Sinhala- Tamil New Year festival. But the troops opened fire at her and at our cadres violating the very truce unilaterally declared by them", the statement observed.

The Tamil Tigers praised the American journalist as "a courageous lady with commitment and dedication who had traversed the most dangerous regions on earth ravaged by war and violence in search of objective truth".

"The Sri Lankan government has banned all journalists, foreign and local, with the ulterior motive of covering up the atrocities and injustices committed to half a million people in Vanni, the majority of whom are displaced people faced with intolerable suffering. Ms. Marie Colvin took a bold decision to cross over to the war zone to see for herself the tragic conditions of our people who are condemned to live as the wretched of the earth. We admire her courage and humanism", the statement said.

The LTTE called upon the Sri Lankan Government to lift the ban on media personal entering the Vanni to avoid such tragic incidents in the future.

 

Latest 15 Reports
17.10.19 19:14   Photo
SL Police resorts to violence in grabbing lands of Tamil fishers in Batticaloa North
16.10.19 23:19   Photo
Chennai Connect and Eezham Tamils reminding Tamil Nadu to assert Tamil geopolitics
15.10.19 23:50  
Colombo destroys dairy-farming economy of Eezham Tamils in Batticaloa
14.10.19 23:48   Photo
Tamil parties in North-East stipulate ‘acid test’ terms to SL presidential candidates
13.10.19 22:15   Photo
SL Governor's latest land grab poses danger to archaeological traces of Eezham Tamils
12.10.19 22:23   Photo
Monks step up campaign against Muslims, want to carve out Sinhala colony in Ampaa'rai
11.10.19 22:07   Photo
Vote for Self-Determination, reject major candidates for more effective boycott
10.10.19 23:31   Photo
SL Police intensifies restrictions on Saiva devotees at disputed ‘chaitya’ hilltop in East
09.10.19 20:17  
Indian Coast Guard trespassed into waters off Jaffna, 18 fishers detained since 03 October
08.10.19 18:43  
Divisional Secretary, TNA MPs must act to release Chegnchoalai lands: civil activist
07.10.19 23:12   Photo
Heinous act by HRCSL: former orphans of Chegnchoalai on the brink of losing lands
06.10.19 12:21  
EPDP joins Jaffna protest against desecration of Neeraaviyadi temple
05.10.19 22:06  
Families inheriting lands from parents refused of land registration in Moothoor East
04.10.19 21:50  
SL Archaeology, Police continue to disturb Tamils’ right to worship at Vedukku-naa'ri hilltop
03.10.19 19:16  
Raghavan plans to distribute uncultivatable lands to Tamils to compensate for loss of fertile lands
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=5941