Norwegian funds used for LTTE arms
Provincial Councils do not need police powers – Karuna


LTTE cannot be revived and former Tigers will never want to join a terrorist outfilt of that nature and undergo suffering; they have suffered enough, Deputy Minister Muralitharan says

By Harischandra Gunaratna

Resettlement Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorty Muralitharan, better known as Karuna, giving evidence before the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission yesterday said that the type of political solution that he would advocated was one which was acceptable to the majority community and guaranteed the security of Tamils.

Responding to questions, Muralitharan told the Commission that in a small country like Sri Lanka, Police powers need not be devolved to provincial councils and it was an unreasonable demand.

"But we will have to devolve power through the provincial councils to the North and the East," he said.

"The UNP never made a sincere effort to end the war and successive governments made no attempt to nip the LTTE in the bud; nor did the international community" he said.

Although some countries had banned the LTTE, they allowed its leaders to operate on their soil, he charged.

He was optimistic that the LTTE could not be revived and that the former LTTE cadres would never want to join a terrorist outfit of the nature of the Tigers as they had suffered enough and more.

The rehabilitated LTTE cadres were fully occupied and they were living peacefully, Muralitharan said.

People in the Wanni were yearning for peace and would not want to have another war as they had gone through untold suffering," he said.

Muralitharan said the slain LTTE leader Prabhakaran had been solely responsible for theLTTE’s debacle as he didn’t heed anyone’s advice and acted on his own accord where crucial matters were concerned and eventually thousands of people had to pay with their life and limb.

"Many in the LTTE were unhappy with Prabhakaran and he thought he was a ‘duke’ and didn’t heed the advice given by others," he said.

"Prabhakaran discriminated against the Eastern cadres and I left the Wanni with 6,000 cadres as I knew that we were just sitting ducks," the former LTTE military commander said.

He said that former LTTE spokesman Anton Balasingham was a cunning man and good diplomat.

Responding to a question whether Former Norwegian facilitator Eric Solheim had given money to the LTTE to purchase arms, he said that Norway had given money to the Tigers during the peace talks and it had been used to purchase arms for the outfit.

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