FM tells international community:Hunt LTTE global network
Sri Lanka appealed for support in dismantling the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) international support network
after victory over the terrorists.
that have listed LTTE as terrorist organization
*European Union (27 countries)
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama told a high-level
security forum in Singapore that the global organisation of the LTTE
remained "largely intact."
"Many of the operatives have clearly cultivated
powerful, political lobbies in certain capitals with a view to
resurrecting the LTTE," he said.
"It is important for the international community to
take all measures to assist the government of Sri Lanka to track down
the global network of the LTTE," he told an annual forum of defence and
military officials organised by the London-based International Institute
for Strategic Studies.
Bogollagama dismissed allegations that heavy weapons
were used by the military in civilian areas as part of the "propaganda
of genocide against the Tamil people." "This was both fictional and
well-fabricated, with ulterior and sinister motives in order to
discredit the Armed Forces as well as to embarrass the government of Sri
Lanka," he added.
"Sri Lanka will no doubt enter the annals of history
as a classic textbook example of a nation that successfully prevailed
over the scourge of terrorism, whilst tenaciously upholding the
cherished values of democracy and human rights that have been deeply
engraved in the psyche of our people," he said.
"The government is firmly committed to reaching a
political settlement acceptable to all," the Foreign Minister said.
Sri Lanka's handling of the LTTE "has sent a strong
signal to the international community that terror can be defeated and
terrorism can be eliminated," he added.