Instructed LTTE Leaders to Surrender with white flags; but LTTE shot us, palitha kohona

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Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN confirming the statement of Sarath Fonseka again

It was Palitha Kohona, when he was the Foreign Ministry secretary who instructed the LTTTE Police chief B. Nadesan and chief of the Peace secretariat of the LTTE, S. Pullidevan to surrender to the Army carrying white flags with them.

Although the Govt. made a big din about a statement allegedly made by the Opposition common Presidential candidate Gen, Fonseka as reported by the Sunday leader newspaper on the 13th as a betrayal by the General, the Govt. has not given any publicity to the enunciations of Kohone in that connection.

This is the quoted statement of Sarath Fonseka from Sunday Leader (even before the correction)

“he had no information communicated to him in the final days of the war that three key LTTE leaders had opted to surrender to Sri Lanka’s armed forces as the battle drew to a bloody finish.”

Palitha Kohone had told a France news service, AFP on 21 May 2009 that when they tried to surrender coming forward, they were shot at from behind. The IRC spoke to me and told the Two LTTE cadres wanted to surrender. II asked them to go forward slowly with white flags towards the army without any show of aggression or threat. However when they tried to advance forward they were shot by the LTTE from behind.

However, a second Diplomatic source who refused to speculate on the circumstances of their deaths, commented that Sri Lanka is one big violation of the Geneva conventions. The LTTE Int. chain co ordinator Pathmanathan stated, when the two, Pullidevan and Nadesan abiding by instructions carried white flags and tried to advance towards the 58th regiment of the SL army, they were shot and killed.