LTTE smuggling impeded on North-Western coast - FM
COLOMBO: The capture of Pooneryn has dealt a severe blow to the LTTE
arms smuggling capability across Palk Strait, as the latest achievement
by Forces have denied Tigers access to the North Western Coastal belt,
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said yesterday.
Addressing the media immediately after briefing the Diplomatic Corps
on the latest developments, Bogollagama said that Tigers had used the
North Western Coast to smuggle supplies of weapons and ammunition using
the cover of Indian fishermen who have been straying into Sri Lankan
He added there were many instances where LTTE had deliberately shot
Indian fishermen to put the blame on Sri Lankan Navy.
In addition the people of Jaffna Peninsula who had to depend on sea
and air routes to reach the South would now have the benefit of a land
route link through the A-32 main road the Minister said.
He said that the capture of Pooneryn with Zero civilian casualties
had debunked the wild canards spread by LTTE allies with regards to
indiscriminate shelling and aerial bombing as there were no such signs
to substantiate allegations.
The President during his recent visit to India had briefed the Indian
leadership including Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh on the progress
made in the humanitarian operation in the North. The President had also
assured Indian leadership that the safety and well being of the Tamil
community in Sri Lanka was being taken care of the Minister added. Both
India and Sri Lanka have complete understanding on the imperative need
that terrorism should be countered with resolve the Minister said.
Quoting the President, Bogollagama said that laying down arms and
surrendering was the greatest service the LTTE could do to the people in
areas of armed conflict and the people of Sri Lanka.