Prime Minister D.M Jayaratna warned this morning that a new military wing of the LTTE was forming to seek a separate state and as such the Emergency regulations should continue. He also said that Tiger proxies were making preparations to convene their ‘Transnational government of Tamil Ealam’ in Switzerland next week to coincide with the first death anniversary of LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabakaran.
The Prime Minister stated that V. Rudrakumar who acted as the legal advisor to slain LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is trying to form a ‘provisional transnational government of Tamil Eelam”.
For this concept, he said, Mr. Rudrakumar is trying to secure the international support. On the other hand, he said that LTTE sympathizers in England had formed a front called ‘Global Tamil Forum’ based on the Eelam concept.
Mr. Jayaratne said that another set of hardcore LTTE activists had relied around a person called Nethiyavan for the same separatist goals.
“All these forces are trying to carve out a separate state in Sri Lanka. They are acting in different ways to achieve their sinister targets. There are intelligence reports in this regard,” he said.
In France, he noted that 24 LTTE activists had been arrested since 2008. “In 2008, 30 LTTE activists were arrested in Italy. This year, five and seven top level LTTE leaders were arrested in Germany and Netherlands,” he said.
The Prime Minister pointed out that LTTE operatives in the international sphere are trying to provide financial and material aid to LTTE members who now remains silent in Sri Lanka after the war victory.
“Their sole objective is to arm the LTTE members and use them for a military struggle again,” he said. The greatest challenge confronting the country, he said is to defeat these LTTE networks operating outside the country.
Commenting on the LTTE carders in custody, he said that 11,700 LTTE members surrendered to the military or were arrested. He said that 1350 of them had been identified as top level hardcore LTTE members and legal action had been initiated against them. Besides, 10,350 LTTE members are held in rehabilitation camps in Vavuniya.
“Recently, 2400 such LTTE cadres have been rehabilitated and reintegrated into society,” he said. Mr. Jayaratne pointed out that valuable information is being extracted from the arrested LTTE members by the CID and the TID. (YP/KB)