Maha Veerar Naal Address
National Heroes Day
National Heroes Day - November 27, 1999
1.English Translation of Address
2.Address in Tamil
English Translation of Address
Though the LTTE stands today as a formidable force
with the military
capability to liberate our homeland, we have not abandoned the path of peace. We want to
resolve the Tamil conflict through peaceful means; through civilised methods without
recourse to bloodbath and destruction of life...
My beloved people of Tamil Eelam,
is Maha Veerar Naal...
...Our current military successes have surprised and astounded the world. This is a
unique historical achievement in the art of contemporary warfare. The dimensions of this
military victory have not only amazed our enemy but also astonished several international countries that have been actively helping
Sri Lankas war effort by providing training, arms and funds.
The vast tracts of fertile lands of Vanni, which were invaded and occupied by the Sinhala
armed forces afters years and months of massive military campaigns, after sacrificing
thousands of lives, have been liberated by our fighters at a rapid pace within a short
span of time. A colossal military structure with its multiple military complexes, well
fortified bases and camps suddenly collapsed with the onslaught of the Tiger offensive. We
have liberated almost all the ancient strategic towns in the Vanni region. I am happy that
we have redeemed a sector of Manal Aru, which is the heartland of Vanni where the
states army massacred the indigenous Tamils and created Sinhala settlements.
Our massive offensive campaign in Vanni code-named Unceasing Waves 3 has
effectively demonstrated to the world the extra-ordinary growth and development of the
Tiger fighting forces in the art of modern warfare. The speed of our strikes, the ability
of rapid deployment, the unified command, the high discipline, the spectacular offensive
tactics and the tremendous courage displayed by our fighting formations have astounded the
world military experts.
This war is being waged for liberation of our land. Tamil
Eelam is our homeland, a land which belongs to us historically, a land on which we
were born and bred, a land of our sustenance and resources, a land that forms the very
foundation of our national identity. Our enemy claims that this land belongs to him.
For more than fifty years - ever since the Sinhala chauvinists assumed political power in
the island- the lands of the Tamils have been
systematically usurped. Our land has been subjected to tyranny
and oppression. On one side, there have been devious schemes by which our lands have
been forcefully annexed and given to Sinhala colonisers. On the other hand ,our lands have
been militarily occupied and their resources destroyed and the people who lived on those
lands have been reduced to the state of destitution. It is against this injustice we have
been fighting. Therefore our liberation war is essentially a war to liberate our lands and
to establish our sovereignty: our right to rule in our
Our people have now understood the aim and objective of this liberation war. Our people,
who have lost their lands and the livelihood that derived from the lands and have become
destitute, realise the value and significance of their own lands. They also realise the
necessity of chasing away the alien forces that have invaded and occupied our territories.
It is because of this realisation wide sections of the popular Tamil masses are supporting
and participating in this war of liberating our homeland. Our liberation war has now
expanded and developed into a higher stage as the peoples war of liberation.
In my annual speeches on the Martyrs Day, I have always
emphasised the importance of peace and peaceful ways of seeking a negotiated political
settlement. At the same time, I have also pointed out the fact that Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism was not prepared to resolve
the ethnic conflict through peaceful means.
The two major Sinhala political parties, who have assumed political power alternatively in
the Sri Lankan political system, are essentially chauvinistic organisations. Both these
political parties have bred and flourished in the anti-Tamil Sinhala Buddhist racist
ideology. For the last half a century these parties competed
with each other in intensifying the oppression against the Tamil people. In this
diabolical history of racist oppression it is
Chandrikas regime which has inflicted the worst form of
The five-year rule of Chandrika has been a curse on the Tamil
people. The monumental tragedy that our people encountered in the form of war, violence, death,
hunger and starvation was the worst form of
tyranny ever suffered by the Tamils. Chandrikas oppressive rule marks an epoch
consisting of blood stained pages of our history. Her tyrannical rule left a permanent
scar on the soul of the Tamil nation.
While masterminding an authoritarian tyrannical rule against the Tamils internally,
Chandrika Kumaratunga portrayed herself internationally as a goddess of democracy committed to peace. Having
implemented a notorious military programme aimed at the total invasion of the Tamil
homeland she interpreted her project as a war effort for peace.
The entire international community believed her and supported her
military project. In this deceptive disinformation campaign to cheat the world,
treacherous Tamil elements played a crucial role.
We do not trust Chandrika. She does not have the
honesty and determination to resolve the Tamil national conflict in a fair and reasonable
manner. We perceive her as a modern representative of a neo-Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism.
It is for this reason we refused to engage in a direct dialogue with her. Yet, we did not
close the doors for peace. I made an announcement last year in my
Martyrs Day message that we were prepared for peace talks with the assistance
of international third party mediation.
Though we called for third party mediation we have emphasised the necessity of creating
certain objective conditions conducive for peace talks. We explained very clearly that
these objective conditions entail a situation of normalcy free from military aggression,
occupation and economic strangulation of the Tamil nation.
Chandrikas government refused to accept our proposal for creating a congenial
peaceful atmosphere for peace talks. Chandrika was not prepared to bring an end to the
war, to stop the military aggression of our land and to lift the economic blockades. The
government wanted to use the military campaigns and the economic embargoes as political pressures on the
The concept of the war for peace as enunciated by Chandrikas government
signified a military solution. This grand military project aimed at a total invasion of
the Tamil homeland and envisages the defeat of the Tamil Tiger movement and finally the
eventual subjugation of the Tamil nation. Chandrika worked tirelessly for the last five
years to implement her military scheme. Though the project brought about severe setbacks
and debacles to the armed forces, she was determined not to abandon her military
programme. Therefore, she did not reflect seriously about peace nor has she taken any
constructive steps towards peace talks.
Chandrika conveyed to us a message through third party source that she was prepared to
hold secret talks with certain conditions while continuing the war effort. We rejected her
proposal. It is absurd and practically impossible to hold peace talks on one side while
engaging in a bloody war on the other side. It is an extremely difficult task to involve
in a friendly dialogue with the enemy while our people are subjected to death, destruction and suffering. Furthermore, we do
not want to engage in a negotiating process with conditions and time frames. Chandrika did
not sincerely extend her hand of friendship. She wanted to lay a trap under the cover of
peace talks. But we were not prepared to fall into that peace
Swept by the Unceasing Waves of the Liberation Tigers,
Chandrikas military project crumbled as a house of sand built on the seashore. The
spectacular victories that we gained in this current offensive campaign have turned the
balance of military power in our favour. The massive effort made by Chandrika over the
last five years to weaken the LTTE and to achieve military hegemony was shattered by us in
the matter of a few days.
Though we stand today as a formidable force strengthened by manpower, firepower, moral
power, and peoples power and have the military capability to liberate our homeland,
we have not abandoned the path of peace. We want
to resolve the Tamil conflict through peaceful means, through civilised methods,
without recourse to a bloodbath and the destruction of life.
We wish to re-iterate that peace talks should be held in a cordial peaceful atmosphere
of mutual trust and goodwill with the assistance of international third party mediation.
By peaceful atmosphere we mean a condition of normalcy characterised by cessation of
hostilities, withdrawal of troops occupying Tamil lands and the absence of economic
We cannot allow the Sinhala State to use the conditions of war, military aggression of our
lands, and economic blockades as tactics of pressure against the Tamils. We wish to engage in peace talks as equals
with mutual understanding in a cordial environment without external coercion and
We are keeping the doors of peace open and are sending signals of peace and goodwill to
the Sinhala nation. But we are aware that Sinhala political leadership will not agree to
create a peaceful environment as we suggest. We are also aware that Sinhala chauvinistic
leadership will not easily abandon their longstanding policy of military violence and
repression against the Tamils. Therefore we do not live in fantasy hoping to resolve our
national conflict by engaging in a rational dialogue with Sinhala political leadership.
The anti-Tamil Sinhala racist political system - which totally disregards human rights and
liberties - offers no alternatives to the Tamils other than to fight, secede and establish
an independent Tamil state. It is along this secessionist path that the Sinhala nation is
driving the Tamil nation.
Years ago our people made a decision that
an independent state of Tamil Eelam is the only and the final solution to our national
conflict. For the last several years, our freedom movement
has been fighting a bloody liberation struggle carrying the cross of our peoples
aspirations for freedom. Today we have reached a turning point in this long historical
journey towards emancipation.