LTTE plans to reorganise, Colombo dismisses the move
A month after the LTTE was annihilated by the Sri Lankan Army, the remnants of the outfit plan to reorganise and pursue the goal of a separate Tamil state from abroad, a move described by Colombo as "hallucinating".world Updated: Jun 17, 2009 23:37 IST
A month after the LTTE was annihilated by the Sri Lankan Army, the remnants of the outfit plan to reorganise and pursue the goal of a separate Tamil state from abroad, a move described by Colombo as "hallucinating".
"The struggle of the people of Tamil Eelam has reached a new stage. It is time now for us to move forward with our political vision towards our freedom," LTTE's only surviving senior leader S Pathmanathan said in an e-mail audio file that has flown around the Tamil diaspora, the British media, including BBC and The Times, reported.
Pathmanathan, who is wanted by Interpol in connection with his role as the Tigers' main arms smuggler, gave no indication that the group would renounce violence but announced the establishment of a "provisional transnational government of Tamil Eelam".
Reacting to the reports, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said Pathmanthan was "hallucinating.. he is dreaming of a transnational government."
"K P (as Pathmanthan is identified by the Government) is a wanted terrorist internationally. He is a fugitive," he told reporters in Colombo.
Pathmanathan said Rudrakumaran Vishwanathan, their overseas-based legal adviser, would head a committee which would decide on a future course of action "within democratic principles".
Tamil Eelam is the name given by the Tigers to the north and eastern areas of Sri Lanka to which they lay claim.