leader V. Anandasangaree yesterday, condemning the LTTE killing
of the high Priest of Santiveli Pillaiyar Temple S. P. Kurukkal,
queried whether the Government and the international community
still wanted to invite the terrorists for talks.
"In all seriousness I ask His Excellency the
President whether it is with these irresponsible men (LTTE) that
he wants to have talks and hand over the future of Tamil
community to them. With so much abduction, killings, and
clay-more mine attacks, does the international community still
want the Government to start talks with the LTTE. If the much
pressurized talks take place with the LTTE and if by any chance
the parties come to some understanding will the Tamils be handed
over to LTTE for them to rule?" Anandasangaree queried in a
release issued to media condemning the murder of Kurukkal.
"I reiterate that under no circumstance should
the Government agree to hand over power to them even for a day.
Whatever settlement is reached, it should be on
the basis of a democratic process," he said.
"I strongly condemn the brutal killing of the
High Priest of the Santhiveli Pillaiyar Temple Selliah
Parameswara Kurukkal by the LTTE cadre. Brahmins by nature are
timid and submissive and rarely fight, quarrel or hurt anybody.
These three self proclaimed heroes would have humiliated and
tortured this poor Brahmin before they gunned him down. The
crime he committed was garlanding the Head of the State and the
death sentence was passed and executed by three unscrupulous
youths of the LTTE cadre," Sangaree said.
"While expressing my deepest sympathies to the
Kurukkalís family, I strongly urge the Government to take over
the responsibility of giving good education for his children who
are not that fortunate as the children of the LTTE leaders to
have them educated in a foreign country. I hope the TNA will
also will strongly condemn this cruel act of the LTTE," the