President Mahinda invites Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to visit Sri Lanka and get first hand information
In an exclusive interview with Times Now TV of India, at the Maldivian capital of Male, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has responded to many questions raised by the interviewer on the LTTE activities, rehabilitation in the North, welcoming the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha, Sri Lanka’s infrastructure development and relations with India and China. Given below are excerpts from this interview.
There are some intelligence reports that there are financiers of the LTTE in many corners of the earth who are trying to keep the spirit of the LTTE alive. Do you aware of it and are you doing something about it?
The President said that Sri Lanka still fear the rise of LTTE in Sri Lanka. He said in Canada, in U.S., Europe and even in Australia they are collecting money, they are organizing themselves and they are making a big campaign, and they have lot of contacts. He said that Sri Lanka has freed almost all cadres, fighters after rehabilitation and send them back to their own people. We have informed the countries about their activities and the Netherland government has charged some of them and sent to six years imprisonment but the campaign is going on.
About rehabilitation and reconstruction work being carried out the President said that anyone can visit the North and see by themselves what is happening there.
On a question about permitting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister to visit Sri Lanka, the President said that she is welcome in Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka want her to come and see what is happening in the North and get first hand information on what is going on there. He said that Sri Lanka has nothing to hide and the country is very proud of its achievement.
On Sri Lanka’s relationship with China and its effects on Sri Lanka’s relationship with India, the President that India is his relation and India is a relation of Sri Lanka and China is a friend of Sri Lanka.
He said that the first of building infrastructure in Hambantota such as building of the Port and the Airport was given to India and they did not want to take it up. He said he does not know why India did not make use of the opportunity.
He said that Sri Lanka needs to develop the country, develop the infrastructure and hence it had to be given to other countries. He said not only China even the United States has invested in Sri Lanka. He said that China building infrastructure will in no way affect India strategically.
- Asian Tribune -