Sri Lanka denies: Nambiar did not contact about the surrender of Nadesan and Pulidevan
Colombo, 24 May, :Sri Lanka Governmnet denied that no one approached regarding the surrender of LTTE’s political chief, B Nadesan, and ‘peace secretariat’ head, S Pulidevan. Also Government sources told Asian Tribune that Nadesan and Pulidevan were killed in the battle, when they fought the Sri Lankan soldiers.
PTI news story says that Vijay Nambiar, the UN Secretary-General’s envoy and chef de cabinet, passed the message to Dr. Palitha Kohona but was told the safe surrender of the men could not be guaranteed and that “it may be too late”.
When Asian Tribune contacted Dr. Palitha Kohona, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Secretary, he categorically denied and said Mr. Nambiar did not contact him either about Pulidevan or Nadesan.
Dr. Palitha Kohona said, “This absolutely a false statement. I would say that Mr. Nambiar did not convey anything to me as indicated in that news report. I can also tell you that Mr. Nambiar was not in Sri Lanka on the relevant date. He only came later.
“O.K. He came later, but did he not contact you when he came to Stri Lanka, about saving Pulidevan and Nadesan?” – asked Asian Tribune.
“No. Nambiar never contacted me on the subject of saving either about Pulidevan or Nadesan,” Dr. Kohona said.
The London datelined PTI news report dated 23 May, under the title “Britain and Norway tried to save two top LTTE leaders: report” said, Britain and Norway made a last minute bid to save the lives of two Tamil Tiger leaders, but in vain, as Sri Lankan troops closed in, the media reported today.
It was further reported that the LTTE’s political chief, B Nadesan, and ‘peace secretariat’ head, S Pulidevan, had attempted to surrender, The Daily Telegraph said, in a report quoting Vijay Nambiar.
According to a London datelined PTI news report David Miliband British foreign Minister and Norwegian Minister Erik Solheim and UN officials were all involved in trying to save the two proclaimed LTTE terrorists – B.Nadesan and Pulidevan.
The men were later found dead amid claims that they were shot while waving a white flag, and Western diplomats warned that the Sri Lankan government could face a war crimes investigation.
The report further said,that, Nambiar has said that he was contacted by British officials who asked him to make the Sri Lankan government aware that Nadesan and Pulidevan wanted to surrender.
Nambiar said he passed the message to Dr Palitha Kohona, Sri Lanka’s foreign secretary, but was told the safe surrender of the men could not be guaranteed and that “it may be too late”.
– Asian Tribune –