Jayalalithaa says LTTE using Sri Lankan Tamils as a human shield

January 18th, 2009 - 2:14 pm ICT by ANI  

Chennai, Jan.18 (ANI): Sri Lankan Tamils are being used as human shields by separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa said on Saturday.
“In Sri Lanka what happens now, Sri Lankan Tamils captured by the LTTE cannot move anywhere. Tamils were used as shield by LTTE. If LTEE keeps them there then there will be dire situation for Sri Lanka’’s innocent Tamils…” the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader said.
People of Tamil Nadu have been protesting against the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka, as regional political groups pressured the Indian Government to stop the war.
Sri Lanka’’s intensifying offensive against the LTTE, which it has fought since 1983 in one of Asia’’s longest insurgencies, has roiled India’’s political scene and prompted heated diplomatic exchanges between the two neighbours.
The Indian Government has urged Sri Lanka to solve the issue through dialogue, and in this regard, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon is in Colombo to emphasize this point with the Sri Lankan leadership.
The Tigers in Sri Lanka figure on U.S., European Union and Indian terrorism lists for widespread bombings and assassinations.
In 1991, they were charged with killing India’’s former Congress Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lanka has vowed to crush the Tamil Tigers militarily.
India sent peacekeepers to the island nation in 1987, only to withdraw them after losing more than 1,200 men in battle and facing allegations of human rights violations. (ANI)

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