Apr 102013

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* Sri Lanka holds India responsible for protracted war with LTTEWed, Apr 10, 2013, 10:05 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka Wednesday held the Indian government responsible for the island’s protracted war with the Tamil Tiger terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) .

Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, responding to a statement by a former Indian diplomat, said had the then Indian government acted with responsibility Sri Lanka wouldn’t have experienced a 30-year war.

In the early stages of LTTE’s armed struggle then India’s government led by Indira Gandhi funded the terrorist outfit and trained its militants.

Defence Secretary said India could never absolve itself of the responsibility for creating terrorism in the island and some of those subverting Sri Lanka and blaming the Rajapaksa administration for the plight of Tamil speaking people were directly involved in protracting the conflict.

He was responding to former Indian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Hardeep Singh Puri’s call for an investigation into specific allegations of war crimes during the last 100 days of military operations in Sri Lanka.

Speaking to The Island newspaper, Rajapaksa said the international community should consider a comprehensive investigation into the issue beginning with the Indian intervention and Puri could help the investigation by revealing India’s involvement at that time.

Rajapaksa said Puri had been directly involved in the Indian operation against the then Jayawardena government in the run-up to the July 1987 Indo-Lanka Accord which instituted the 13th Amendment to the Constitution to devolve power.

He said Puri should realize that India’s intervention in Sri Lanka had caused a major regional crisis when “Indian-trained Sri Lankan terrorists” raided the Maldives in November 1988.

Following a bloody military campaign Sri Lanka comprehensively defeated the Tamil Tiger terrorists in May 2009.

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