Free people from LTTE control, TULF leader tells Indian Govt., TN

Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) president V.Anandasangaree said the Central Government of India and the State Government of Tamil Nadu should now get together and free the people who are now trapped in areas under LTTE control and allow them to get into areas where more than 80% of the Tamils live.

He said the Central Government and the State Government should jointly agree to persuade the Sri Lankan Government to devolve power to Provincial Councils akin to those devolved to various States in India.


In a statement issued last week, Mr. Anandasangaree said this was the only way peace can be brought to Sri Lanka. He also said that the resolutions unanimously passed at the Tamil Nadu Assembly demanding the Central Government pressurize the Sri Lankan Government to stop the war immediately and start talks with the LTTE is ‘shocking and totally unacceptable’ even to the Tamils of Sri Lanka.

“Very soon those who supported these resolutions will deeply regret being misled by a handful of extremists who know nothing about the Sri Lankan ethnic problem and merely act on hearsay,” he said adding that the said resolution passed at the Assembly contrary to helping to solve the problem will only help to aggravate it.

He said even if its intervention was justifiable, India can intervene only in an advisory capacity without being accused of interfering with the sovereignty of the Sri Lankan Nation.

“India with its large intelligence network need not be told what is happening in Sri Lanka. Therefore one should understand that the response of the Indian Government to the various representations made to it will be subjected to the Government’s own observations,” he added.

Mr. Anandasangaree was also critical of the role of the Tamil National Alliance leader who had lamented that he was disappointed with the manner in which India had handled the problem by merely sending food to the displaced Tamil people.

“There is no doubt a lot of human rights violations are taking place both in the Government controlled areas and areas under LTTE control. The TNA leaders should tell the world to what extent the LTTE is involved in such areas without putting the entire blame on the Government or on any para-military group. They do not utter one word about the violations in the LTTE held areas,” he added.

Mr. Anandasangaree said a new problem that had cropped up is the demand of the Tamil Nadu Government to have the 2000 tons of aid to be distributed to the Internally Displaced Persons by the ICRC under the supervision of Indian Embassy officials.

“The Central Government had to concede to the demand of the Tamil Nadu Government, deviating from the usual practice, under similar circumstances in the past,” he said.

“The TNA Members of Parliament had failed in their duty to tell the Government of Tamil Nadu that all these years, for more than a quarter of a century, it is the Sri Lankan Government that had been feeding the LTTE Leader, his family, his cadres and the people in the LTTE-held areas,” he charged.

They must be honest enough to tell Tamil Nadu that whenever a fresh stock arrived in the Wanni, the LTTE took all what it wanted and also replenished its stock with the new arrivals and passed the balance to the people, he said.

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