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Lanka turns heat on Eritrea

[Express Buzz, Monday, 14 September 2009 19:34 No Comment]

With the LTTE’s influential propaganda machinery overseas flexing its muscles menacingly, and the arrested LTTE leader, Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias KP, throwing light on the group’s still active international arms procuring network, the Sri Lankan government has decided to go on a diplomatic offensive to smash the Tigers’ overseas structures.

On Sunday, Lakbimanews quoted Sh­anaka Jayasekara, a Sri Lankan researcher on terrorism, as saying that the LTTE had its presence in over 44 countries, with established structures in 12 of them. The weekly paper also reported that the Sri Lankan intelligence had intercepted several satellite phone calls made by Aiyanna, an overseas operative of the LTTE. The “Aiyanna Group” controls intelligence as well as funds-gathering in the West.

Aiyanna, who contacted an LTTE sleeper in Colombo and another in Jaffna, had appealed to the former to prepare for the next phase of the struggle. He had, however, cautioned against rushing into attacks now, to avoid detection in the formative stage itself.

Aiyanna had instructed the Tiger operative in Jaffna to resume fund raising in the peninsula.

To check the influence of LTTE and its cohorts abroad, Colombo is planning to make a formal request to the US government to extradite the US-based lawyer, Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, who has become the convenor of the LTTE’s committee for the establishment of Provisional Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam.

ENTRENCHED IN ERITREA: Colombo is to open a mission in Asmara, capital of Eritrea, a country in the Horn of Africa, which had been a major hub of the LTTE’s arms procuring network, local media reports say. An official of the Directorate of Military Intelligence, Major General Amal Karunasekara, is tipped to be Sri Lanka’s first envoy to Eritrea. There would be new missions elsewhere too, to keep a tab on the LTTE.

According to a report of the US Foreign Relations Committee, dated December 2006, which KP confirmed that Eritrea had functioned as a trans-shipment base for the LTTE as well as a safe haven for its key operators of the arms smuggling network. The Lankan media reports say that most of the End- User Certificates (EUCs) the LTTE had got to procure arms were from Eritrea and Myanmar.

KP also confessed that the LTTE had close contacts with the top brass in the Eritrean government.

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