"There will not be a post-LTTE scenario"
Vinoj Kumar interviews LTTE Political Head, B.Nadesan
Tehelka Magazine, Vol 6, Issue 15, Dated Apr 18,
insist on a ceasefire because Sri Lanka keeps accelerating its genocidal war
[against the Tamils]. A ceasefire is needed to address the humanitarian
crisis and for people to get essential relief supplies right where they
live... Let me make one thing very clear here: There will not be a
post-LTTE scenario... in a war, setbacks and advancements are
unavoidable. What matters most is what we achieve in the end... If
Prabakaran didn’t believe he can achieve Tamil Eelam, he would have
given up long ago."
Even as the Sri Lankan army claims
it is close to wiping out the LTTE, the rebel group’s political
head, B Nadesan,
rejects the assertion that the Tigers are about to be made extinct.
Many observers have already started talking about a
post-LTTE, post- Prabakaran scenario in Sri Lanka.
Let me make one thing very clear here: There will not be a
post-LTTE scenario. Look around the world, and you will see the
desire for freedom and dignity in the hearts and minds of all
Tamils. The LTTE is seen as the way to achieve the political
aspirations of the Tamil people. We have achieved this status by
spearheading Tamils’ quest for self-determination over the past 35
years without compromising our responsibilities as their freedom
On the military aspect, in a war, setbacks and advancements are
unavoidable. What matters most is what we achieve in the end. I want
to tell the international community and India that they should focus
on fulfilling the political aspirations of the Tamil people by
recognising their struggle for self-determination and a homeland,
instead of wasting time, effort and lives while waiting for a
post-LTTE scenario, which is never going to come.
What is your reaction to reports that Prabakaran’s son,
Charles Antony, has been injured in the fighting?
This is false propaganda from the Sri Lankan government. He is
Where is Prabakaran? Is he in the battle zone or in a safe
He is here with our people, leading our freedom
struggle as our national leader, and guiding the war as our
What are the chances he will flee the country?
What is Prabakaran’s reaction to reports that the Sri Lankan
army is trying to capture him alive?
He laughs [at such reports].
How does Prabakaran react to the Sri Lankan government’s
charge that he is a coward who does not lead from the front?
Again, he laughs. Let me point out that this is being said by a
government that is anticipating the capitulation of the Tamil people
because of the embargo on food, medicine and essentials that they
have enforced against Tamil areas over the past two-and-a-half
decades. They still continue to use food as weapon.
Does Prabakaran still believe he can achieve Eelam?
If he didn’t, he would have given up long ago.
Are Indian soldiers on the battleground fighting the LTTE
along side the Sri Lankan army?
I can say that a very high level of military
cooperation exists between the Sri Lankan and Indian governments.
What is your response to allegations that the LTTE is using
civilians as human shields?
The Tamil people are aware of the repeated
aggression against them by the Sri Lankan state under various
guises. Calling the people here “trapped” or “human shield” is
inappropriate, as they do not want to go into the hands of the
aggressor state. Sri Lanka should give a safe passage to independent
humanitarian officials to come here and find out the will of the
You have repeatedly announced that you are ready for a
ceasefire. Is this a sign of weakness?
We insist on a ceasefire because Sri Lanka keeps
accelerating its genocidal war [against the Tamils]. A ceasefire is
needed to address the humanitarian crisis and for people to get
essential relief supplies right where they live.
What is your appeal to the international community?
Innocent children, mothers and elders are being
massacred by the Sri Lankan armed forces everyday. Therefore, there
is an urgent need to push the Sri Lankan government towards a
ceasefire. We urge the international community not to go along with
Sri Lanka’s uprooting of Tamils, being carried out in the guise of
“fighting terrorism”. We appeal to the international community to
halt this war immediately and facilitate a negotiation for a
permanent political settlement based on the Tamils’ right to