Prabhakaran remained trapped within a four (4) square km area in North Sri Lanka
Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Asian Tribune Editor in Sri Lanka
Colombo, 06 May, (Asiantribune.com): “Army intelligence units had reported that LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran remained trapped within a four (4) square km area in North Sri Lanka to which security forces have now laid siege”.
Addressing Parliament during the debate on the extension of the Emergency for another month in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake yesterday told this in Parliament.
"State intelligence services say that Prabhakaran is in this area, and security forces have taken all steps to ensure he won’t get away," he said.
Wickremanayake moving the motion seeking the extension of the State of emergency for another one month said "International puppets" were making an attempt to save the life of Prabhakaran by trying their best to exert pressure on the government. "We are not willing to bow-down to these forces. We can manage our internal affairs and put our own country in order but everyone in the House must be united," he said.
"Some sections of society try to misinterpret the government’s decision not to use heavy weapons as a ceasefire".
"There is no question of a ceasefire with the terrorists who are on their last legs. We are aware of how they had benefited from ceasefires to strengthen themselves in the past and have learnt a lesson from them," Wickremanayake said.
"Not only for us but for the entire world the LTTE had taught this lesson," he said.
“But for some there was a problem of short memory that they forget these lessons. Otherwise, would they plead for the life of Prabhakaran the ruthless LTTE leader”, he questioned.
"What we cannot understand is the need for these people to come and ask amnesty for the LTTE leader who had killed hundreds of un-armed innocent civilians?" he said.
The government took a decision to stop the use of heavy weapons and air strikes in view of the safety of civilians trapped inside a small area, he said. The decision was not taken under pressure, he said.
The Premier said that this motion seeking the extension of the state of emergency was moved in a period of transition from the end of one war and the beginning of another.
"We have come to the end of war against terrorism and liberation of civilians from the LTTE. And we are about to commence another war to provide relief, and taking development and democracy forward in the North. We have made plans for the new operation and some of them have already commenced. And now we are convinced that the people of North and South are fully confident that we could do this," he said.
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