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Chandrika calls for UN support to stave off LTTE's threats

[b]Chandrika calls for UN support to stave off LTTE's threats[/b]

[b]New York, 19 September, (Asiantribune.com):[/b] Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga appealed to the World Community to exert pressure on the LTTE to respect democratic norms and also she leveled harsh criticism against the Tamil Tigers on the first day of the 60th Session U.N. General Assembly’s annual ministerial meeting on Saturday 17th September.

Kumaratunga said “A peace process cannot, and does not operate in a vacuum….. Peace should include commitment and good conduct of all parties to a conflict”.

She appealed to the world body “Let us resolve to commit ourselves collectively on this solemn occasion of the 60th Anniversary of our Organization to act together in the interest of humankind in order that we strive to eliminate the three scourges of poverty, disease and terrorism”

Denouncing the LTTE’s “terrorist activities, she said the Tigers had demonstrated a disregard for international law and practice for more than two decades. “For over two decades, Sri Lanka has been under sustained assault by the LTTE, an armed group which employs brutal methods and suicide bombings in their campaign of terror to obtain a separate State. Disregarding the implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement, this group continues to engage in numerous illegal and terrorist activities.”

She pointed out that the Tamil Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland for the minority ethnic Tamils, claiming discrimination by the majority Sinhalese-dominated state. The conflict killed nearly 65,000 people before a cease-fire brokered by Norway in 2002, an accord that has been severely tested.

The President clarified, “Disregarding the implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement, this group continues to engage in numerous illegal and terrorist activities.”

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