LTTE slams "grave" truce breach by Navy

[TamilNet, Sunday, 05 May 2002, 10:19 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers Sunday accused the Sri Lankan Navy of a “grave and serious violation” of the indefinite ceasefire when gunboats destroyed several civilian fishing vessels and killed two Muslim fishermen in the seas near Vaharai, Batticaloa on Wednesday. The Sri Lankan Navy is “deliberately creating conflictual situations to disrupt the peace process,” the LTTE said. “We call upon the Sri Lanka government to prevail upon the naval authorities to abandon its hostile attitude and strictly follow the peace agreement,” the Tigers said in a statement.

The full text of the statement follows:

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in an official statement issued from its headquarters in Kilinochchi, northern Sri Lanka today accused the government's Navy of a grave and serious violation of the cease-fire agreement when it destroyed several civilian fishing vessels and killed two Muslim fishermen in the seas near Vaharai, Batticaloa on the 1 May 2002.

"Thirty-six fishermen, Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese swam to safety after the most outrageous assault by naval gunboats which fired rockets indiscriminately and sank several fishing trawlers. This is the latest of a series of hostile and provocative actions unleashed by the Sri Lankan Navy in recent weeks. Such violent by the Navy personnel, we strongly suspect, is intended to breach truce agreement," the LTTE's statement declared.

"The central objective of the cease-fire agreement is to create an atmosphere of peace, normalcy and goodwill in the war affected Northeast to pave the way for political negotiations. The truce agreement also strictly forbids all hostile military actions on land, air and seas. Violating the terms and conditions as well as the spirit of the agreement the Sri Lankan Navy is deliberately creating conflictual situations to disrupt the peace process. We call upon the Sri Lanka government to prevail upon the naval authorities to abandon its hostile attitude and strictly follow the terms and conditions of the peace agreement," the statement said.

The Tamil Tigers also categorically rejected the charge by the Sri Lankan Navy that the fishing trawlers were involved in arms smuggling. "This is a ludicrous lie fabricated by the naval authorities to justify their atrocities against innocent fishermen," the statement pointed out.

The LTTE's statement further said that the naval incident was brought to the attention of the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission.

 

Latest 15 Reports
24.04.22 05:44  
தீவின் நெருக்கடிச் சூழலில் ஈழத்தமிழர் தேசம் கடைப்பிடிக்கவேண்டிய நிலைப்பாடுகள்
09.04.22 14:44   Photo
குறிதவறும் ஈழத்தமிழர் தலைமைகளுக்கு வரலாறு தருகின்ற எச்சரிக்கை
21.01.22 07:24   Photo
ஈழத்தமிழர் தேசத்தின் தலைமைத்துவம் தேர்தல் அரசியற் கட்சிகளுக்கு அப்பாலானது
02.11.21 15:32   Photo
13 ஆம் சட்டத்திருத்தத்தால் கட்டமைக்கப்பட்ட இன அழிப்பை எதிர்கொள்ள முடியுமா?
15.09.21 08:19  
English version not available
17.05.21 19:23   Photo
Ananthi blames war criminal Silva for blocking collective memorial at Mu'l'livaaykkaal
09.04.21 14:46  
English version not available
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
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=6902