May 4, 2000
The fall of Jaffna looks imminent. The LTTE has been jubilant after the fall
of Elephant Pass and were able to quickly move north, pushing back the
demoralised SL Army (one senior army officer publicly stated that the LTTE
have more fire power than the SL Army!).
It has been reported that the Sri Lankan government has already requested
help from India to evacuate the 30,000 troops (and probably others who are
known to support the government) from the Jaffna peninsula! However we have
just heard that the SL government has asked India and Pakistan for help with
air strikes in order to neutralise the big LTTE 'cannons'. Apparently the SL
ground troops are unwilling to fight under the present conditions. The
Indian Defense Minister is known to be pro-Tiger, which makes the situation
more complicated and uncertain. (According to the BBC Tamil news the
Indian Government are unwilling to give any military help).
Please pray for the civilians who will be left in Jaffna, that they will be
protected and the LTTE won't go on a witch hunt and rampage, taking revenge
on those who haven't supported them, as they take over the peninsula. It
will be easy for panic to spread, lets pray for calm and 'a peace that does
pass all understanding' amongst them.
Thank you for your prayers,
Charles and Jaqui