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Tamil Tigers 'reorganise' struggle for separate state
The Telegraph ^ | 6/16/2009 | Foreign Staff and Agencies in Colombo

Posted on 06/17/2009 9:42:50 PM PDT by bruinbirdman

The rebel group's international relations chief, Selvarasa Pathmanathan, said in a recorded message that the organisation would continue to pursue its aim of a separate Tamil state despite the rout of its army and death of its leadership.

"The struggle of people of Tamil Eelam [the separate state the Tigers fought for] has reached a new state," he said. "It is time now for us to move forward with our political vision towards our freedom."

A Sri Lankan protester sets fire to a Tamil Tiger flag

AFP reported that Mr Pathmanathan, who is better known as K.P. and worked as the group's main international arms smuggler, said they were setting up what he called a "Provisional Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam".

In what hinted at a turning away from an armed struggle the goup is now ill-equipped to fight, he said their overseas-based legal adviser, Rudrakumaran Vishwanathan, would head a committee to decide a course of action that would be "within democratic principles".

It is not clear from where Mr Pathmanathan, who is wanted by Interpol for his arms smuggling operations, issued the voice message.

His message was released nearly a month after the leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Velupillai Prabhakaran, and most of his deputies were killed by government forces.

The pro-rebel Tamilnet website meanwhile called for a "democratic and inclusive" organisation to keep up the separatist drive.

"The need of the time now is the metamorphosis of the existing infrastructure into a democratic and inclusive transnational government of Eelam Tamils," said a message on Tamilnet.

"While the government in exile is a conventional phenomenon that needs a host country, the transnational government is a novel experiment that has no precedence," it added, while characterising the new set-up as a

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ltte; tamiltigers

1 posted on 06/17/2009 9:42:50 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

Maybe Obama will give them a bailout.

2 posted on 06/17/2009 9:43:53 PM PDT by Redcloak ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: bruinbirdman

Hey, LTTE terrorists, YOU LOST. Walk away. You’ve murdered enough innocent people already.

Give it up. You’re brought enough misery to your people!

3 posted on 06/17/2009 10:07:29 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: bruinbirdman

Give up already.

You’ve lost.

4 posted on 06/17/2009 10:21:25 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: vladimir998

And Prabha is dead.

5 posted on 07/11/2009 3:54:06 AM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: myknowledge


6 posted on 07/11/2009 4:33:57 AM PDT by vladimir998
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