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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

LTTE still attacking military from safe zone: PM tells Parliament

By Ravi Ladduwahetty – Sri Lanka Editor - Asian Tribune

* Emergency passed by majority of 81 votes

* Legislation for Northern Local Govt Councils – House Leader

Colombo, 08 April, (Asiantribune.com): Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake today charged that the LTTE was attacking the military even from the safe zone that was meant for civilians.

The LTTE is a ruthless group of terrorists who have no respect for human life and they are even flouting even the international military laws while the Sri Lankan military is disciplined and not attacking civilians in the safe zone, Premier told Parliament today.

He was addressing the monthly Emergency debate in the House in his capacity as Minister of National Security and Deputy Minister of Defence.

Continuing, the Premier said that human life and humanity was not the least importance to the LTTE and they were yet chasing a mirage.

There are a number of areas for the Government to defeat the LTTE without which they could not be completely defeated. The Government will proceed with the war until the last Tiger is wiped out from this land, he said.

He also said that it was sad and regrettable that there were both local and foreign parties who were stakeholders in the LTTE rumor mills which said that the Armed Forces were killing innocent Tamil civilians and that the Government should have the access to reply to these untruths.

He also said that the Government was willing to take the challenge of fast tracking the economy which had slid in the last two decades despite going through the rigours of fighting the most ruthless bunch of terrorists in the world.

He also alleged that the LTTE was not only fleecing the food and the other essentials which the Government was sending to the civilians but also attacking the ships and the other vessels which were transporting food to the North.

Is this the liberation that the LTTE is offering to the Tamil community of whom they are claiming to be the saviours? He asked.

Don’t the future generations of this country deserve the right to see the lights and the fruits of development; he said and called upon all Members of the House to join hands with the Government to remove the brutalities of terrorism and to develop the nation.

The international community cannot be unaware of this and they should realize that the LTTE is acting against a democratically elected and sovereign government, the Prime Minister added.

Meanwhile, Leader of the House and Minister of Healthcare and Nutrition Nimal Siripala De Silva, winding up the debate, said that the Government was bringing in legislation soon for holding local Government elections in the North.

The emergency was passed with 92 voting for and 11 against. The Tamil National Alliance voted against. The UNP abstained from voting The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress was absent.

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