Slain LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in an interview given to an Indian newspaper had warned about United States attempt to perpetuate and escalate the war in order to establish a base in Trincomalee, Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said today.
Addressing a meeting in Piliyandala the JHU General Secretary read out the extracts from Prabhakaran’s interview to Cochin based weekly, ‘Week’ published on March 23, 1986.
“The US objective is to perpetuate and escalate the ethnic crisis so that she can gradually set foot on the island and establish a base in Trincomalee…..The US administration has strategic and geopolitical interests in the region. Sri Lanka with its natural harbor in Trincomalee is most strategically located… the objective of the US imperialists is to gradually penetrate the country and eventually bring the island under its sphere of influence and domination” Prabhakaran had reportedly said the Indian newspaper.
Minister Ranawaka said the recent deployment of US marines in Darwin, Australia is very much part of the US expansion policy in Asia – Pacific region which it had been continuing for decades and the numbers of marines will only go to increase in the months to come.
“They will definitely stay beyond the given deadline of 2014” Minister Ranawaka added.