India’s military support to Sri Lanka historic blunder: LTTEMarch 11th, 2008 - 3:01 pm ICT by admin
Colombo, March 11 (IANS) The Tamil Tiger rebels Tuesday “strongly” condemned Indian military assistance to Sri Lanka as an “anti-Tamil move” and said Indian military assistance to Sri Lanka would prove to be a “historic blunder”. In a statement issued to the media Tuesday, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) warned that India would be held responsible for the “genocide” against the minority Tamils which the Sri Lankan state, “reinvigorated” with Indian military assistance, would unleash against them.
The rebels’ statement came in the wake of the recent six-day official visit of the Sri Lankan Army Chief Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka to India and Indian press reports saying that India-Sri Lanka military cooperation was excellent and that India would see to it that the Sri Lankan armed forces always had an upper hand over the LTTE.
“Many of the European countries, understanding this hidden motive of the Sinhala (Sri Lankan) state, have halted all assistance that could support the ethnic genocide of the Tamils. The Indian state knows this truth. Yet, while pronouncing that a solution to the Tamil problem must be found through peaceful means, it is giving encouragement to the military approach of the Sinhala state,” the LTTE said.
“This can only lead to the intensification of the genocide of the Tamils. The LTTE wishes to point out to the Indian state, that this historic blunder by it will continue to subject the Eelam Tamils to misery and put them in the dangerous situation of having to face ethnic genocide on a massive scale,” it said.
Turning to fellow Tamils in the neighbouring Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the LTTE said: “On behalf of the Eelam Tamils, the LTTE kindly requests the Tamils of Tamil Nadu to understand this anti-Tamil move of the Indian state and express their condemnation”.
The LTTE said that it “strongly condemns” the Indian state for backing the Sri Lankan military when Sri Lanka had unilaterally abrogated the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) signed in 2004 and was carrying out a war in an unfettered way unmindful of the “enormous human rights violations”.
Further, Sri Lanka was doing this even as the LTTE had said that it stood by the CFA and supported Norway’s bid to facilitate peace negotiations. The Sri Lankan government was indulging in killings and arrests ignoring warnings by the international community, the statement said.
“The Sinhala state, keen to cover up the truth, is blaming the freedom movement of the Tamils, the LTTE, for the continuation of the war, and is seeking assistance from the world for its war of ethnic genocide of the Tamils,” the LTTE said.
“In this context, the Indian state’s move of propping up the politically, militarily and economically weakened Sri Lankan state has upset Eelam Tamils. The view expressed by the Indian military chiefs, that India wants to ensure that the Sri Lankan army maintains its upper hand over the LTTE, just illustrates the efforts of the Indian state to prop up the Sinhala war machine,” the statement said.
“The Indian state must take the responsibility for the ethnic genocide of the Tamils that will be carried out by the Sinhala military, re-invigorated by such moves of the Indian state,” the LTTE warned.
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