Sampanthan says LTTE destroyed itself


by Saman Indrajith

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentary Group leader R. Sampanthan said yesterday that the LTTE was a terrorist outfit which killed Tamil, Muslim and Sinhala leaders and its destruction was inevitable owing to the path it took.

Participating in the committee stage debate on budget 2013, under the Defence Ministry heading, the MP said: "The LTTE was not created by Tamils but by successive governments in the country. There were legitimate reason for the LTTE to emerge, that was why it became a terrorist organization and started killing Tamil, Muslim and Sinhalese leaders and civilians. You call us LTTE proxies. Do you call us LTTE proxies because we did not get killed by the LTTE?

"Nobody destroyed the LTTE. They destroyed themselves by not adhering to democracy and human rights. My late colleague Lakshman Kadirgamar was largely responsible for getting international support against the LTTE. If he was alive today, he would be horrified to see what is happening in post war Sri Lanka.

"The 30 year war is over and the Tamil people want to put it behind them and move on with their lives.

"Just because the LTTE is no more, it does not mean Tamil problems are no more and necessary steps should be taken to solve them.

"There is a belief that Tamils do not want the army in the North and East. It is not right. We have never said we don’t want the army in the North and East. We do not like the manner in which the army is deployed in the North at present, which gives the idea that the Tamils are different to those living in other areas of the country. Incidentally, November 27 was a Hindu religious event Kadhikam Theepam where you light lamps to remember the dead and pay homage to God Murga.

"What is wrong in a Tamil mother lighting a lamp to remember her dead son. What is wrong in remembering those who died in war? The JVP commemorates their heroes day and nobody complains about it. It is a fundamental right that one can remember. The army should not have entered the Jaffna University that day. The army was wrong. It was an unwarranted entrance and an unauthorized interference. I appeal to the government to look into the matter carefully and request that those students to be released. We do not want to get involved in any confrontation.

"Of the 50 divisions in the army, 15 are stationed in the North .This means there are 150,000 soldiers in the North alone. This is highly unnecessary. We want all entities utilized by army to be handed over to civilians. Time has come for the government to ensure that Tamil people are allowed to live in peace with dignity."

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