Now, LTTE claims 146,000 Tamils missing besides over 70,000 killed

by Shamindra Ferdinando

Close on the heels of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopting a resolution to set up a war crimes probe against Sri Lanka, a consortium of LTTE groups has alleged that 146,679 Tamils have gone missing besides over 70,000 Tamils were killed during January-May 2009 final phase of the war.

The accusers include British Tamil Forum (BTF), Federation of Tamil Sangams in North America, Illankai Tamil Sangam, People for Equality and relief in Sri Lanka, Solidarity group for Peace and Justice in Sri Lanka, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), United States Tamil Political Action Council and World Thamil Organization.

The Defence Ministry alleged that LTTE front organisations were making ridiculous allegations to justify UNHRC probe targeting Sri Lanka. A senior ministry official said that an attempt was being made to overwhelm Sri Lanka with unsubstantiated allegations. The Defence Ministry regretted that a section of the international community had facilitated a propaganda offensive undertaken by the LTTE rump to isolate the government of Sri Lanka.

‘We expect them to step up propaganda campaign before the investigation gets underway," an External Affairs Ministry official said, adding that the LTTE rump was engaged in an expensive propaganda overdrive.

The ministry said that even those working closely with the LTTE rump would have been surprised by the LTTE claim of over 140,000 missing in addition to the allegation that 70,000 were killed during the last stages of the Vanni battle.

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