Forces action not against Tamils, reiterates President
COLOMBO: Our Forces are not waging a war against the Tamil community.
It is only a humanitarian operation to liberate them from LTTE
terrorists. We are not ready at all to negotiate with the LTTE until
they lay down arms, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a discussion
held with foreign and local religious dignitaries at the Temple Trees.
The President said after being voted to power for over seven months
he did not take any action against the LTTE because he believed the LTTE
would opt to join the peace initiative. The LTTE however, resorted to
violence killing unarmed soldiers and civilians.
It was the terror unleashed by the LTTE itself that necessitated the
humanitarian operation. The President cited the harmony with which the
Sinhala and Muslim people live with the Tamils in other parts of the
"The military which liberated the East handed over the reins of power
to the civilian authorities" the President stressed.
The religious dignitaries said they had set up an organisation to
urge the LTTE to lay down arms and come to the negotiating table.
Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Nayake Thera, members of the Maha Sangha,
Rev. Bishop Nobert Andradi, Kurukkal Ramachandra Aiyar, Moulavi M. A.
Abdulla, and several members of the clergy and laity from Cambodia,
Japan, USA and Norway were present.