Govt waging undeclared war on Tamils: LTTE
The Tamil Tigers fired a fresh charge against the Lankan Govt amid increasing violence that is pushing the nation close to civil war.india Updated: May 16, 2006 13:07 IST
Sri Lanka's government is waging an undeclared war on ethnic Tamils, a senior rebel leader charged on Tuesday, amid increasing violence that is pushing the island nation closer to a full-scale resumption of civil war.
Speaking at a funeral for four guerrillas killed last week in a suicide attack on a government navy patrol boat, KV Balakumaran, a senior Tamil Tiger rebel leader, accused the Sri Lankan military of deliberately targeting Tamil civilians.
"Our people are being blatantly victimized in an undeclared war by the Sri Lanka government armed forces and paramilitaries," Balakumaran said according to Tamilnet, a pro-rebel Web site.
Spiraling violence over the last week claimed dozens of lives -- including rebels, the military and Tamil civilians -- adding to fears that a 2002 ceasefire between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam could collapse at any time, plunging the nation back into civil war.
The government denied it targeted civilians, saying its actions were defensive and blaming the Tigers for the upsurge in violence.
"We have to carry out limited operations to prevent the LTTE attacking government forces and that may cause certain difficulties to all the communities," government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said.
"The government makes all possible efforts to minimize any inconvenience caused to people.
But this issue to the LTTE terror," said Rambuwella, adding that the government remained committed to the peace process.