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WikiLeaks: India gave LTTE Rs 50 lakh as compensation for Indo-Lanka pact

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Did India compensate the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after the 1987 Indo-Lanka pact and the dispatch of Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to Sri Lanka? The US administration believed so, according to a cable sent by its embassy here and released by Wikileaks.

A cable dated April 5, 1988 cites newspaper reports, which quoted J N Dixit, then Indian envoy to Sri Lanka that a stipend was agreed upon and was to be paid to the LTTE by the Indian government in view of the tax loss it suffered after IPKF was sent. The US cable said Rs 50 lakh was the compensation paid to the LTTE in July 1987 and only one payment was made before September that year when LTTE walked out of the deal over its participation in the interim council.

An unnamed LTTE spokesman in Madras is quoted as saying that the payment was part of a larger secret package of guarantees, which Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi offered LTTE leader V Prabhakaran in July 1987 to get him to agree to the bilateral accord, said the cable. "We were in the jungles when the amount was said to have been paid to the LTTE. There was no communication from the ministry of external affairs to us about the payment made to get Prabhakaran to agree to the terms. It must have been a move by the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)," said Col (retd) R Hariharan, an analyst of Sri Lankan affairs, who served in the IPKF.

Other features of the package for the LTTE included an assurance of an offer of 7 out of 12 seats to enable it to form a majority in the interim provincial council in the north and east of Sri Lanka. India said it would route Rs 1 billion through the interim council to rehabilitate Jaffna besides $40million that was agreed upon by New Delhi at an earlier consortium meeting in Paris. The Indian government also promised to develop a police force after the formation of the interim council. Despite all this, the deal fell through almost the same day, said the cable.

As a parting shot, the embassy expressed doubt over the agreement itself. It said, "Left unsaid is an indication whether the package suggested above is still on the table in India-LTTE talks, which apparently have been going on for some time." Quoting a BBC correspondent, the cable said talks between the LTTE and India began in Madras in February 1988, but fell through a week later.(The Times of India)
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  • Abdul Wednesday, 10 April 2013 04:47 PM

    thats why we should never trust our turn coat neighbor india.

    Selvam Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:38 AM

    That's an internal matter.

    Nodrog Wednesday, 10 April 2013 06:37 AM

    No need Wikileaks to tell us India gave financial support to the LTTE. There should be a resolution against India too for promoting terrorism and they must be held accountable for the thousands of deaths.

    Rohan Wednesday, 10 April 2013 12:07 PM

    Yes I totally agree. They opened their land to have terrorist camps in India and provided with weapons. India is not a saint and they were helping the terrorists underhand. So GOSL never forget our neighbor India for all the damage they are responsible for.

    raviraj Wednesday, 10 April 2013 09:37 AM

    your govt. also gave money to prevent people from voting

    be fair Wednesday, 10 April 2013 03:43 PM

    only Rs. 50m, that would have been petty cash for a start. And now those dumbos are passing resolutions against us. Democrazy at work it seems INDIA........... wake up wake up


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