In a significant statement ahead of the SAARC summit in New Delhi in early April, the LTTE has said that the air strike which it conducted against the Sri Lankan Air Force's main base at Katunayake on March 26, poses no threat to the South Asian region.
"Our struggle is aimed at achieving our own freedom, and we are no threat to any one else other than the oppressive Sri Lankan state we are fighting against," said the rebel group's political leader, SP.Tamilselvan, in Kilinochchi on Friday.
"Colombo, mindful that a military defeat of Tigers was not possible, is keen to drag other countries to fight the inhumane war against the Tamils."
"The Sri Lankan agenda of distancing the Tigers from the international community by projecting the LTTE as a threat to the regional or international players will not work," the pro-rebel website Tamilnet quoted Tamilselvan as saying.
At the SAARC summit on April 3 and 4, the Heads of Government of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and The Maldives are to consider a Sri Lankan proposal for a "coordinated SAARC drive against terror in all its forms and manifestations."