India asks LTTE to lay down arms

February 18th, 2009 - 2:14 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) India Wednesday asked the Tamil Tigers to give up their weapons and said it was ready to work with Sri Lanka to evacuate civilians caught up in the war zone.
Making a statement in the Lok Sabha, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) would “best serve the interest of the Tamils by immediately releasing all civilians (under its control) and laying down arms”.

Pointing out that the LTTE was an outlawed group in India, the minister added that it “has done much damage to the Tamil community”.

The Indian government, he added, “is ready to facilitate the evacuation of civilians trapped in the area of conflict, working with the government of Sri Lanka and the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross)”.

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