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Lanka protests statue of LTTE leader in France

[Express Buzz, Tuesday, 2 November 2010 10:32 No Comment]

Sri Lanka has lodged a protest with France over the decision of a Parisian suburb to erect a statue of S P Tamilselvan, the head of the political wing of the LTTE till his death in an air raid on November 2, 2007 during Eelam War IV.

Immediately after the word was out that the municipality of La Courneuve, a suburb of north-eastern Paris with a large population of Lankan Tamils, had decided to erect the statute of the dead rebel leader, the Lankan Embassy in Paris lodged a formal protest with the French government. The French Ambassador in Colombo was also told about Lanka’s displeasure, an official from the Ministry of External Affairs told Express here on Monday.

Colombo pointed out that Tamilselvan was a top leader of a terrorist organization, which was banned in both France and Lanka.

Lanka hopes that the laws governing municipalities in France will allow the Central government in Paris to decisively intervene in a case like this — where there may be a clash of interest between the Centre and the local authorities.

The ever-smiling Suppiah Paramu Tamilselvan (born in 1967) was close both to the Tiger chieftain, V Prabhakaran, and the ruthless intelligence chief, Pottu Amman. He was one of the main plotters against Eastern commander, Karuna Amman, who was forced to defect to the government side in 2004, along with his followers. This was the second major dent in the LTTE after the alienation of Mahattaya, who was Prabhakaran’s deputy in the early 1990s.

Tamilselvan was in the military wing of the LTTE since 1985, but was wounded in the leg in one of the battles in the 1990s. Later, he excelled as the public face of the LTTE and its official spokesman. He was killed during a precision bombing at his headquarters in Kilinochchi.

Upon Tamilselvan’s death, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi wrote a dirge, which raised a controversy in India, but was published approvingly in the Lankan Tamil media the world over.

Defending the poem published in the DMK’s organ, Murasoli, Karunandhi said, “The one who was killed in Sri Lanka was a Tamil. And it is Tamil blood that courses through my veins. That is why I expressed my condolence.”

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