British MPs cautioned against LTTE sympathisers
Put pressure on Tigers, say Tamil politicos:
By our political correspondent
Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) leader V. Anandasangaree has
urged the visiting British Parliamentary delegation which is now on a
fact-finding mission in the island to be cautious of LTTE sympathisers
in the United kingdom and not to get carried away by their false
propaganda on the Lankan situation.
As the leader of the newly formed Tamil National Democratic Front (TNDF)
comprising the TULF, PLOTE and the EPRLF (Naba) Anandasangaree met the
British Parliamentary delegation along with PLOTE leader D. Sitharthan
and the EPRLF (Naba)leader K. Sritharan at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel,
Commenting on the discussion the Tamil National Democratic Front had
with the visiting five-member British Parliamentary delegation,
Anandasangaree told the Sunday Observer that concerns were expressed on
the issues with regard to human rights violations in the island.
“On behalf of the three Tamil party coalition TNDF, the human rights
violations committed by the LTTE were briefed to the British MPs
elaborately and the need for the British Government’s involvement to put
pressure on the LTTE to stop its terror activities was also stressed
during the discussion.
Briefing the British delegation on the political situation
Anandasangaree pointed out that a Federal system with a maximum
devolution of powers could be the only solution to the ethnic question.
“As the LTTE activists are still active in the UK and in Europe at
large, the visiting British Members of Parliament were urged by the
Tamil National Democratic Front representatives to be cautious over the
malicious propaganda carried out by LTTE sympathisers in the UK.
Human rights violations are taking place in a big way in LTTE held
areas in the Wanni and innocent civilians are in a helpless situation.
Nobody questions the atrocities committed by the LTTE. Therefore, the
British Government must bring pressure on the LTTE to give up its terror
activities to bring a durable political solution to the Lankan national
crisis,” Anandasangaree said.
The British Parliamentary delegation also visited the Eastern
province and had witnessed the activities that had been launched to
restore democracy and peace in the region.
Some of the delegation members also visited Jaffna and held talks
with the Commander of the Security Forces in Jaffna and learnt the
ground situation with regard to the security operations in the North.