US embassy cable - 87MADRAS3111

LTTE: MADRAS VIEWS AND MISCELLANEY

Identifier: 87MADRAS3111
Wikileaks: View 87MADRAS3111 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Consulate Chennai
Created: 1987-10-29 06:41:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PGOV IN CE
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
O R 290641Z OCT 87
FM AMCONSUL MADRAS
TO AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY COLOMBO IMMEDIATE
SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7502
INFO AMCONSUL BOMBAY
AMCONSUL CALCUTTA
C O N F I D E N T I A L MADRAS 3111 
 
E. O12356: DECL: OADR 
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, IN, CE 
SUBJECT: LTTE: MADRAS VIEWS AND MISCELLANEY 
 
REF: MADRAS 3108 
 
1.  (C) - ENTIRE TEXT 
 
2.  SUMMARY: CANADIANS FIND LTTE HAS LITTLE SYMPATHY HERE 
AND IS NOT EXPECTED TO BECOME ACTIVE AGAIN IN TAMIL NADU. 
POLICE COMMISSIONER BELIEVES THERE ARE STILL 3,000 LTTE 
MEN IN TAMIL NADU, MOST WITH WEAPONS OF SOME KIND. 
ACCORDING TO S. RAMACHANDRAN, CHIEF MINISTER MGR IS "OK" 
AND RETURNING OCTOBER 31.  END SUMMARY. 
 
 
3.  CANADIAN DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSIONER GARY SMITH AND 
IMMIGRATION COUNSELOR DEL MCKAY SHARED WITH US THE RESULTS 
OF THEIR THREE-DAY VISIT TO MADRAS AND ENVIRONS.  PAIR 
SAID THEIR TALKS CONFIRMED "REAL MADRAS DISINTEREST" IN THE 
LTTE, THOUGH NOTING (AS OTHER OBSERVERS HAVE) THAT FULL- 
SCALE SLAUGHTER OF LTTE COULD INCREASE TENSION.  POLICE 
AND COMMISSIONER DEVARAM TOLD THEM THAT THE GOVERNMENT 
(GOTN) ESTIMATES THERE ARE STILL 3,000 LTTE MEMBERS IN 
TAMIL NADU AND THAT MOST OF THEM HAVE AT LEAST RETAINED 
THEIR SIDEARMS, IF NOT OTHER WEAPONS.   NEITHER POLICE 
NOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS EXPECT LTTE TO BECOME ACTIVE 
HERE AGAIN.  SMITH ADDED THAT SEVERAL POLICE OFFICIALS 
APPEARED EAGER TO CRACK DOWN ON THEM IF THEY DID (THIS 
SQUARES WITH OUR READINGS, TOO). 
 
4.  HOME SECRETARY T. VENKATRAMAN SEEMED VERY RELAXED 
OVER THE RECENT SPATE OF DMK, DK AND OTHER ARRESTS WHICH 
HAVE NETED ABOUT 7,000 PEOPLE (SEE ALSO REFTEL).  ABOUT 
400 OF THE LEADERS HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED TO A PRISON 
"OUTSIDE" MADRAS WHERE THE WILL BE HELD FOR A FEW DAYS 
TO COOL OFF.  SMITH ADDED THAT VENKATRAMAN CERTAINLY 
WASN'T GOING TO STAY LATE AT THE OFFICE TO FOLLOW THE 
MATTER AND CITED THIS AS AN EXAMPLE OF THE KIND OF 
RELAXED VIEW HELD BY MOST GOTN OFFICIALS THEY SPOKE WITH. 
 
5.  CANADIANS SAW FOOD MINISTER S. RAMACHANDRAN (RAM) 
EVENING OCTOBER 28.  RAM CONFIRMED TODAY'S PRESS REPORTS 
THAT MGR WILL RETURN TO MADRAS MID-MORNING OCTOBER 31 
VIA BOMBAY.  RAM SAID MGR WAS "OK, BUT PRESSED AS TO 
WHETHER HE WAS "HEALTHY," SAID NO. 
 
 
STEMPEL 

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