LTTE tries to drive wedge between Lanka and India
Minister Fernandopulle attends Good Friday service in
Minister of Highways and Road Development, Jeyaraj Fernandopulle has
accused the LTTE of trying to create animosity between the Governments
of India and Sri Lanka by attacking Indian fishermen.
Minister Fernandopulle was speaking after attending a special Good
Friday service at St.Mary's Church in Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
The Minister participated in the service along with his family
members and prayers were also offered to invoke blessings on Sri Lanka.
Media personnel representing various newspapers in Tamil Nadu
surrounded Minister Fernandopulle when he walked out of the church after
the Good Friday service. "The Government of India is well aware of the
LTTE's covert activities.
The terrorist outfit is attacking Indian fishermen in the South
Indian waters to tarnish the image of the Lankan Security Forces and to
create animosity between the Governments of India and Sri Lanka.
However, the Indian Government is well aware of the covert activities of
the LTTE and is giving its fullest cooperation to the Lankan Government
to overcome LTTE terrorism," the Minister said.
Speaking on the current situation in the country Minister
Fernandopulle told the media in Madurai that the LTTE was not prepared
for a negotiated political settlement in Sri Lanka and was spearheading
its terrorist activities to divide the country.
"As a member of the Government delegation I attended the talks that
were held with the LTTE in Geneva.
There I noticed that the intention of the outfit was more towards
going ahead with its militant activities and not showing any interest of
solving the crisis politically," the Minister said.
Commenting on the Government's untiring efforts to restore democracy
in the North and East, Minister Fernandopulle said that the Local
Government polls were held successfully in the Eastern Province recently
and a large number of Tamils who were deprived of elections cast their
votes enthusiastically. "Ninety-five per cent of the Tamils in the
country want to live in peace in a united Sri Lanka.
But they are in a helpless situation due to LTTE terrorism.
However, the Government is using all its resources to restore
democracy in the war-torn North and East and bring peace to the country.
The Government of India which is aware of the nature of the LTTE is
providing all support to the Lankan Government in dealing with the
outfit," Minister Fernandopulle said.