It is my responsibility to look after my Tamil brethren
Prabhakaran is exporting terrorism
President tells Indian PM and media:
Tamil people are my concern
INDIA: President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday told Indian Prime
Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh that the Government was ready to talk peace
with the LTTE at any time if the latter lays down arms.
In bilateral talks with the Indian Prime Minister on the sidelines of
the BIMSTEC Summit, President Rajapaksa said his primary aim was to
eradicate terrorism and create a country where all communities can live
The President said his Government is fully committed to fulfil the
humanitarian needs of the Tamil community living in the North and East.
The President told the Indian Prime Minister that the Tamil people
are very much part of his responsibility as Head of State and Government
and he would take all measures for their safety, security and welfare.
The Indian Premier expressed his appreciation to President Rajapaksa
for having sent to Delhi at the end of last month as Special Envoy, his
senior advisor and Member of Parliament Basil Rajapaksa.
The Prime Minister added that the discussions on that occasion had
been most constructive and that he valued the facilitatory arrangements
expeditiously put in place by the Government of Sri Lanka for the
distribution of relief to the civilian population in the affected
districts of the Northern Province, a Foreign Ministry release stated.
Having taken note of the Resolution adopted by the Tamil Nadu State
Assembly on November 12 calling for a ceasefire in Sri Lanka, the
President emphasised that he and his administration has always been for
a political solution.
It is the LTTE that repeatedly violated its obligations and embarked
on a path of conflict and terror. The President also drew attention to
the past track record of the LTTE using the ceasefire to regroup and
re-arm and not serious about a political solution.
Accordingly the Government would only talk to the outfit if it first
lays down arms.
“As we liberated the people in the East from terrorism their
counterparts in the North too would be rescued. The war against
terrorism would be prosecuted as planned,” the President reiterated.
After the bilateral talks with the Indian Prime Minister, the
President addressing the media said the Sri Lankan Government is fully
committed to safeguard the rights of the Tamil community.
“The Tamil people are my concern. It is my responsibility to look
after my Tamil brethren.”
“The youth in the Eastern Province who were under the LTTE jackboot
for years, have today embraced democracy.
A hard core LTTE leader in the East has become a member of the Sri
Lankan Parliament today,” the President pointed out.
He said: “Prabhakaran was today exporting terrorism.”
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, Secretary to the President
Lalith Weeratunga and Foreign Ministry Additional Secretary Prasad
Kariyawasam also participated.