Skip to comments.Tamil Tigers 'reorganise' struggle for separate state
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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Maybe Obama will give them a bailout.
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!
Give up already.
And Prabha is dead.
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