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No country should depend on foreign army: SL Foreign Minister

With LTTE vanquished, Sri Lanka now says that the important lesson it learnt during the war with Tamil Tigers is that if a country wants to suceed against terrorism it has to depend on itself and not on a foreign army.

world Updated: Aug 13, 2010 15:45 IST

With LTTE vanquished, Sri Lanka now says that the important lesson it learnt during the war with Tamil Tigers is that if a country wants to suceed against terrorism it has to depend on itself and not on a foreign army.

In an apparent reference to the country's experience with Indian Peace Keeping Force in the late 1980s, Foreign Minister G L Peiris said: "The most important lesson we have learnt is that if a country wants to succeed in their war on terror, the effort has to be made by the country itself, not by a foreign army of another country."

"Because intuitively people will support their own inland terrorists and gang up against the foreign army as they will consider them as the invading force. It has happened in many countries already. Patriotism is part of people's instincts," he said.

Peiris, who is here on an official visit, was speaking at the China Institute of International Studies on Sri Lanka's experience and fight against terrorism.

India sent its peace keeping forces to Sri Lanka to disarm the LTTE after the countries signed the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord in 1987 to end the ethnic crisis in the country.

Sri Lanka's 30-year-old war against the LTTE came to an end with the death of the outfit's chief Velupillai Prabhakaran in 2009.

Peiris, a constitutional law specialist who in the past was involved in working out proposals to devolve power to Tamil areas, said his country is now safe after the defeat of the LTTE and welcomed more Chinese enterprises to invest in Sri Lanka.