The Tamil Tiger rebels on Tuesday “strongly” condemned Indian military assistance to Sri Lanka as an “anti-Tamil move” and said the assistance to Sri Lanka would prove to be a “historic blunder”.
In a statement, the LTTE said India would be held responsible for the “genocide” against the minority Tamils which the Lankan state, “reinvigorated” with India’s military assistance, would unleash. The statement came in the wake of the recent six-day official visit of Lankan army chief Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka to India and Indian news reports saying India-Lanka military cooperation was excellent and India would see to it that the Lankan armed forces always had an upper hand.
“Many of the European countries, understanding this hidden motive of the Sinhala (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.