'India should help Lanka defeat LTTE'

Updated on Feb 11, 2008 06:15 PM IST

A leading Tamil leader of Sri Lanka urges India to help the island nation to defeat LTTE chief V Prabhakaran.

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PTI | ByHS Rao, London

A leading Tamil leader of Sri Lanka has urged India to intervene and help the island nation to defeat LTTE chief V Prabhakaran "who will never agree" for any solution to the ethnic problem.

"Prabhakaran will never agree for anything and not a single country in the world will support his demand for a separate homeland for Tamils in Sri Lanka," V Anandasangaree, former MP and President of Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) told newsmen in London last night.

Claiming that he had held discussions with Indian leaders and National Security Advisor MK Narayanan recently, Anandasangaree said he was agitating for a solution to the Tamil issue based on the federal concept as being followed in India.

The 74-year old leader said India is also aware that Prabhakaran's demand for a separate homeland would not materialise. "Prabhakaran is digging his own grave," he said.

Anandasangaree urged India to intervene and help Sri Lanka defeat LTTE. He said very soon the international community would understand the risk of supporting the demand of LTTE. "I have told Indian leaders that if you support LTTE you will have Jaffna in India itself."

The moderate Tamil leader said he supported the implementation of the 13th amendment to the Sri Lanka Constitution guaranteeing autonomy to the Tamil-majority area in Jaffna. The LTTE treated the Tamilians in Jaffna like "slaves", he said.

The TULF leader said the entire Tamilian diaspora spread all over the world is "under the control of LTTE either through fear or through the foolish believe" that they could win their battle for their motherland in Jaffna.

"LTTE has become a real terror to the entire world," he said alleging that some of the Indian leaders including Vaiko, General Secretary of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) and Pazha Nedumaran, Tamil National Movement leader, were "making the mistake of promoting them".

He said before former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, the LTTE had a lot of support in India but the situation changed after he was killed.

"I am very much committed to a united Sri Lanka, but unfortunately in Sri Lanka, the word federalism is alergic to many," he said.

Anandasangaree said "the meaningless war in Sri Lanka has cost the country a fabulous amount of money. Over seventy thousand had been killed and over thirty thousand had been widowed and many orphaned." He held Prabhakaran responsible for the deaths of so many people.

"All world leaders want the Sri Lankan government to start talks with the LTTE without realising the consequences. Talks with them, still armed and keeping all people living in their areas under their subjugation, will never help to solve the problem."

Anandasangaree, who won the UNESCO's Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-violence in 2006, said he had written to Prabhakaran to give up his demand for separation and accept a federal solution within a united Sri Lanka, but he did not receive any response.

"The only option the country now has is to find a solution based on a federal structure or to adopt the Indian model as suggested by me."

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