'LTTE leaders carrying white flag were shot dead'

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London, May 20: The Sri Lankan Army was accused of killing two senior LTTE leaders who reportedly wanted to surrender as per the Lankan government's instructions. Balasingham Nadesan and Seevaratnam Pulidevan, two senior leaders of the Tamil Tigers tried to surrender before they were shot dead.

Erik Solheim, Norwegian Government's Environment Minister confirmed this and said that he received calls from the duo saying they wanted to surrender.

Trine Eskedal, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo, said, "the minister said he spoke with Pulidevan at midnight, who gave him the message that the political leaders wanted to surrender (to the ICRC). At the time he could hear gunshots in the background."

The Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohana said that he had received a number of messages indicating that Nadesan and Pulidevan wanted a way out. He produced a text message to the NGO at 8.46 am on Sunday, May 17 before the Norwegian minister had his final conversation with the LTTE leaders. However LTTE leaders attempts failed.

LTTE's International Relations Head S Pathmanathan on Tuesday accused Colombo of treachery in the killing of the political wing leaders, and said it is a crime against humanity that needs to be investigated.

"We were instructed to make contact with the 58th Division of the Sri Lankan forces in the war zone, un-armed and carrying white flags. B Nadesan and Pulidevan were un-armed and carrying white flags and were called on by the Officers of the 58th Division to come forward for discussions. When they complied they were both shot and killed," he added.

ANI

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