Canada won’t support LTTE
It will continue assistance to Sri Lanka:
Canadian International Cooperation Minister Beverly J. Oda yesterday
said the Canadian Government will not provide any support for the pro
LTTE elements operating on its soil. She arrived in Sri Lanka for a one
day official visit at the invitation of Foreign Minister Rohitha
Addressing the media after a meeting with Foreign Minister Rohitha
Bogollagama, Oda said the Canadian Government has identified these
elements and they will be severely dealt with according to law of the
country. “Canada proscribed the LTTE as a terrorist organisation in 2006
and that policy decision remains unchanged,” she said.
The Canadian Minister expressed her satisfaction over the facilities
provided to the civilians who sought the government’s protection.
She welcomed the Government moves to reunify families stranded by
terrorist atrocities and resettlement of civilians in their original
places of residence.
She promised to consider the request by the Foreign Minister for
Canadian assistance to support infrastructure development and mine
clearance activities in the North. She said Canadian assistance to Sri
Lanka will continue uninterrupted.
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said the Sri Lankan Government
appreciates the counter terrorism measures taken by Canada proscribing
in 2006 one of the most ruthless terrorist outfits in the world. .
The Foreign Minister said the discussion with the Canadian Minister
focussed on a wide range of issues including humanitarian assistance to
the civilians who fled the uncleared areas.
Minister Bogollagama gave detailed developments that led to the
escape of more than 200,000 civilians from the clutches of the LTTE into
the cleared areas.
He reiterated the Government’s commitment to protect the lives of
innocent civilians in the No Fire Zone.
The Foreign Minister stressed that the pause in fighting was used by
the LTTE to strengthen its fortifications in the No Fire Zone.
The Minister gave a detailed account on how IDPs are registered in
the presence of UNHCR officials at welfare camps. He educated the
Canadian Minister of the assistance provided by the Government for the
“Canada was informed that Sri Lanka has full potential to handle the
humanitarian issue. “, the Minister said.
He said the Government has already planned to resettle 80% of
displaced families in the Mannar, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts
within this year.
“Canada and Sri Lanka have been sharing strong relations for decades.
The locomotive engines provided by the Canadian Government under the
Colombo Plan are still on the track, he said. He said that Canada is one
of the first countries that came to the assistance of Sri Lanka in the
aftermath of the tsunami and the Canadian assistance helped restore the
livelihood of people affected by the tsunami.
Sri Lankans recall with gratitude the assistance provided by the
Canadian Government to Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the tsunami.