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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2644

Allegations of "State Terror", mere a ploy to cover-up LTTE terrorism—Govt Chief Peace Negotiator

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 10 May, ( Leader of the House and the Head of the Governments peace delegation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva today in a special speach delivered in the floor of the Sri Lankan unicameral Parliament shot down allegations of "State Terror" describing them as lame excuses for LTTE terrorism.

"I wish to state categorically that allegations of "state terror" and genocide" are mere a justification attempts for LTTE terrorism.

"As a case in point, we are shocked by the statement issued by the TNA Parliamentary Group, following the suicide attack on the Army Commander Lt. Gen Sarath Fonseka on 25th April 2006, that 'it was a direct consequence of the state terror that has been unleashed against the Tamil civilian population
of the Northeast."

"At a time when terrorism is totally denounced by the entire civilized world, I am totally amazed by the callous justification used by the TNA," said the Minister responding to a statement delivered yesterday in Parliament by the Tiger proxy TNA parliamentarian, Mavai Senathirajah.

The Minister said it is "unbecoming" for the TNA parliamentarians to remain silent as the Tigers continue to use civilians as a shield in their attacks against security forces. He referred to a series of LTTE violence against security forces.

The LTTE exploded a claymore mine in Mirisuvil, on the A9 highway killing five soldiers and two civilians. The following day a bus carrying Naval personnel on leave came under attack in Thampalagamam in Trincomalee killing ten Navy personnel and a civilian.

On May 4, three security forces personnel were killed and 10 civilian sustained injuries in the explosion as well as in the cross fire in an LTTE attack on a Police duty point in Vavuniya.

The Minister said the TNA had betrayed the trust Tamil People had placed on them by maintaining a deafening silence to the LTTE ploy of holding civilian responsible for the spate of claymore attacks against security

He called it a betrayal, which places civilian in an "extremely vulnerable and dangerous situation".

Minister Siripala de Silva dismissed the charges by the TNA that the government has targeted "residential areas" pointing to observations by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Chief who said the forces had," definitely targeted military positions and offices of the LTTE".

"We reiterate that the limited operation by the security forces was in response to a sustained campaign of LTTE terror attacks and specified attacks against Sri Lankan Navy in the Trincomalee area and was designed to deter further attacks," he said.

The Minister said the LTTE was trying to provoke ethnic backlash by attacking Sinhala civilians, referring to the cycle bomb in Trincomalee market and killings of Sinhala farmers in Gomarankadawala.

"Despite these outrageous acts of terror by the LTTE, Government condemns all forms of reprisal attacks against innocent civilians.

"I have been instructed by the President to inform the Parliament that the Government vehemently condemns the recent spate of killings in Jaffna, Vavuniya and Avissawella and will take all necessary measures to punish the perpetrators".

He urged the LTTE to halt violence and respond positively to the flexibility demonstrated by the government.

"The flexibility shown by the Government deserves to be placed on record,' he said.

He said the government was hopeful that the LTTE would desist from presenting excuses to propose air movement after all logistical arrangements have been completed.

"We urge the TNA parliamentarians who are here to represent the interests of the Tamil people to exert whatever influence it has on the LTTE to bring it to the negotiating table, the Minister concluded.

- Asian Tribune -

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