Tamil Eelam

Advancing the independence of Tamil Eelam

"Our organisation, as well as our people do not want war. We want peace and we want to resolve our problems through peaceful means. We are deeply committed to the peace process. It is because of our sincere commitment to peace that we are firmly and rigidly observing ceasefire. It is our organisation that took the initiative of declaring the cessation of hostilities unilaterally and observing peace for the last two years tolerating the provocative actions of the state's armed forces. . "

- Hon. Velupillai Pirapaharan, the national leader of Tamil Eelam, in his Heroes' Day Message, 2003.

About Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is the heart and soul of the Tamil struggle for self-determination. It is the national freedom movement of the people of Tamil Eelam, and a predomi­nant actor in Sri Lankan politics. It is both a political organisation as well as a military power, running a de-facto administration in the majority of areas in north-eastern Sri Lanka, the historical home­land of the Tamil-speaking people. The LTTE has an evolutionary history extending over more than 32 years. Born as an underground guerrilla outfit in the early seventies under the leadership of Mr Velupillai Pirapaharan, it has grown, developed and expanded into a national liberation organisation with the overwhelming sup­port of the Tamil masses.

The organisation, in its evolutionary growth, has faced severe obstacles, dilemmas and challenges. It has had to fight the most bloody and savage battles against formidable forces and treacher­ous enemies. It has had to engage in both war, and in peace process­es. In the military field, it has achieved remarkable victories and gained global recognition as one of the most efficient fighting machines in the world. The organisation has made immense sacri­fices in life and blood in the cause of national freedom. It has also engaged in the realm of peace, seeking a fair and reasonable polit­ical solution, without relinquishing the inalienable rights of the Tamil people.

However, because the enemy has been deceitful, dis­honest and defiant and refused fundamental justice to our people, accomplishment at the negotiating table has not matched the mili­tary feats on the battlefields. The intransigent attitude of the Sinhala political establishment had made the negotiating process difficult and painful. From the Thimpu talks until the recent Norwegian facilitated negotiation process, the LTTE has involved in all the peace efforts, and made sincere attempts to seek a political solu­tion. But all the talks collapsed or stalemated. The Sri Lanka gov­ernment and the Colombo media blamed the LTTE as the villain of peace and the prime causal factor for failures at a negotiated settle­ment. The state inspired disinformation campaign in Colombo, and by some interested parties in India, discredited the LTTE in the eyes of the international community as an opponent of peace. This misconception, based on distortion of fact, compelled me to write this comprehensive book: to tell the truth with authentic records of historical events, of the active engagement of the LTTE in peace negotiations.

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