Govt. demands dismantling
of LTTE airstrips
The government yesterday declared that it had very
clear evidence that the LTTE was continuing to improve and expand
its air strip in Iranamadu and construct two other airstrips in
The disclosure was made during the opening remarks
made by the government delegation chief Nimal Siripala de Silva
at the peace talks in Geneva.
“We now possess very clear evidence that
the LTTE is continuing to improve and expand an illegal and clandestine
airstrip in Iranamadu and construct two other airstrips in Mullaitivu”,
“So far, the LTTE has not permitted the
SLMM or the Government of Sri Lanka to officially inspect these
premises or take steps to dismantle these facilities.
“As a sovereign nation, we have obligations
towards the international community and the discharge of such obligations
would be seriously compromised if facilities of this nature were
allowed to remain in the hands of terrorist organizations such as
the LTTE”, he added.
He said that the government was of the view that
the illegal facilities were being established with the intention
of perpetrating acts of violence, and “may well be used to
destabilize our entire region”.
“We would caution that such illegal facilities,
which has been established contrary to international regulations,
be dismantled before any serious harm is caused. In the past, the
LTTE has been known to have recklessly carried out acts of violent
aggression in our region, affecting the interests of foreign states
not involved in the conflict, including the assassination of a former
Prime Minister of India, publicly acknowledged by the LTTE, and
the destruction of a Chinese vessel with death and injury to its
Therefore, we wish to treat this violation with
extreme seriousness by reason of its far-reaching nature. These
must be immediately dismantled,” he said.