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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2966

Sri Lanka Government Minister advocates the killing of Prabhakaran

Colombo, 22 December (Press Trust of India): Sri Lanka Government minister and Tamil politician Douglas Devananda has advocated the killing of LTTE chief V Prabhakaran saying a political solution to the 25- year-old ethnic conflict was not possible till he is alive.

In a news report appeared in the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported that . Devananda, leader of the Eelam People's Democratic Front, told foreign journalists, "Till Prabahakaran is alive, the LTTE will not agree to a political solution. He should be killed. Devananda, leader of the Eelam People's Democratic Front, told foreign journalists here.

"He wants piece (of Sri Lankan territory) and not peace. Ninety per cent of the people in Wanni (rebel-held) area hate him," he said.

The Social Services and Social Welfare minister said another option to bring around the LTTE was to initiate the peace process and compel them to join in for the fear of being left out.

"President Mahinda Rajapaksa has agreed to initiate the political process for resolving the conflict soon and talks will be initiated in this regard," he said, adding moves are afoot to revive the provincial council by fully implementing the 13th amendment.

Devananda claimed his party can change the situation in the Northern and Eastern parts of the country within a year by bringing in normalcy if he is given the charge.

When asked whether he would accept Chief Minister's post in the East or North, he said: "Yes I can. Any interim arrangement before elections would be acceptable to me." Devananda said he would prefer direct elections in the embattled Northern areas as well as the East which was captured from the LTTE.”

LTTE chief Prabhakaran should be killed: Devananda

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