Four lecturers at ‘Eelam’ event – Chief of Defence Staff

Ay comd       Intelligence information has revealed that four university lecturers have gone to London to attend a pro ‘Eelam’ event organized by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), the Military said today.

Chief of Defence Staff General Jagath Jayasuriya told newspaper editors and heads of the electronic media, that this information came to light during a Security Council meeting in Colombo.

He said that among the four lecturers who had gone this month to London is a lecturer from the Peradeniya university.

General Jayasuriya said that the four lecturers had departed saying they were going to carry out some research but intelligence information found that they had gone to attend the TGTE event.

The army media unit later said that at least 12 university lecturers have been invited for the pro-LTTE event.

He noted that some elements in the Tamil Diaspora are still active in attempting to tarnish the image of the government and the military.

He said that even Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarians R. Sampanthan and M.A. Sumanthiran were in Canada recently to attend a pro-LTTE event.

“By doing so they are violating the constitution so they can be arrested. That is up to the legal authorities to look into,” he said.

General Jayasuriya said that Sri Lanka is facing a few crucial months ahead with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay scheduled to arrive at the end of this month.

He said that the army will brief Pillay when she comes and will also handle her security.

Also coming up is the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva next month, the provincial council elections next month and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November.

General Jayasuriya said that some groups may attempt to create instability and send the wrong message to the international community during this period.

He also urged the media to act with responsibility and not place national security at risk by damaging the image of the security forces.  (Colombo Gazette)

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