The Sri Lankan government yesterday ruled out the resurgence of LTTE terrorism unless foreign powers threw their weight behind terrorists to destabilize the country again.
A senior government official said that since the conclusion of the conflict in May 2009 the ruling coalition with the support of the international community had provided a range of facilities to the war-affected civilians and those who fought for the LTTE. “We are confident both Tamil civilians and ex-LTTE personnel are a happy lot. There is absolutely no reason for them to take up arms again. The international community has a major responsibility to ensure that a proscribed organization is not given the opportunity to cause mayhem again,” the official said.
Unfortunately, a section of the media had been playing politics at the expense of post-war recovery process in the country, the official said.
In their haste to undermine Sri Lanka, they had forgotten accountability on the part of India in recruiting, training, arming and deploying terrorists here, the official said, adding that India paid a very heavy price for its folly. None other than the former Indian High Commissioner in Colombo J. N. Dixit had called the Indian intervention here one of two major blunders during the then Premier Indira Gandhi’s administration, he said.
The government was responding to ‘The Times of India’ warning that President Mahinda Rajapaksa would have to face the LTTE in few years down the line unless he implemented political reforms immediately. The official said that nothing could be as foolish as the newspaper’s senior foreign affairs correspondent, Indrani Bagchi likening the GoSL to Burma’s military administration, while describing the Northern Province to a security state.
“We are surprised that a section of the India media is ignorant of post-war developments here.
Ministerial sources said that the LTTE rump operating in the US and in EU countries had been delighted over the passage of US-resolution moved against Sri Lanka at the recently concluded United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. Commenting on statements issued by the British Tamil Forum (BTF), Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), United States Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) and other like-minded groups, sources alleged never condemned the LTTE. “We are sorry to say that the passage of anti-Sri Lanka resolution at the UNHRC was nothing but a slur on those valiant Indian troops, who died fighting then LTTE and one-time Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, charismatic leader of the Congress I,” a senior official said. Asked whether the GoSL was concerned about the LTTE rump stepping up its campaign against Sri Lanka, the official said that those wanting war crimes probe prevented India from hanging those found guilty by the Indian judiciary for Gandhi assassination.
India lost over 1,500 officers and men fighting the LTTE, while some 3,000 received injuries. GoSL pointed out that the LTTE, too, suffered heavy losses at the hands of Indian Army, which withdrew in early 1990 after a three-year deployment here.