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Stop idle rhetoric, KP tells Tamil Nadu leaders

[Express Buzz, Sunday, 29 August 2010 09:01 No Comment]

The detained LTTE arms smuggler and international funds manager, Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP, has appealed to Tamil Nadu politicians to “refrain from idle rhetoric and instead help Tamils in Sri Lanka to live in harmony and prosperity with others.”

In a phone interview to DBS Jeyaraj published in Daily Mirror on Saturday, KP said: “We need reconciliation and cooperation, not confrontation and friction.”

And KP has set an example. Even though he is in detention, he is running an NGO called North-East Rehabilitation and Development Organisation (NERDO) with Lankan government support, using the telephone, e-mail and fax.

“What our people need now is not politicians but humanitarians,” he asserted.

HELPING EX-LTTE CADRE: KP said that his immediate concern was to help former LTTE combatants who were undergoing reorientation and rehabilitation in special detention camps. There are more than a thousand in this category. Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is extending all facilities to enable him to help the detainees, KP said. Gotabaya has also assured KP that all the non-hard core (or “soft”) LTTE cadre would be released in six to nine months.

NERDO’S ROLE: Detailing NERDO’s role,KP said that it began in July this year by giving financial aid to schools for the war refugees. It is planning to set up an ‘Anbu Illam’ (Abode of Love) in Vavuniya for children orphaned by war and for those who had lost their sight or limbs in the fighting. A Tamil Catholic nun from Colombo, along with Sinhalese sisters, is running a home for 40 people. A village near Vavuniya with a large number of war wounded and destitutes will be developed as a model village. A model farm spread over 200 acres is being planned to settle LTTE  detainees. The site could either be in Kilinochchi or Vavuniya.

for the people: KP claimed that LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran wanted him to look after the people if and when the LTTE was defeated in war. “KP is there. He will look after the people and cadre,” Prabhakaran reportedly said in May 2009 when someone in the leadership asked what lay in store for the people and cadre in view of an imminent defeat.

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