In post-independence Sri Lanka:
CFA: Greatest betrayal
*If confidentiality breached KP would
not have been arrested
*Over 3,000 CFA violations
*LTTE international business
The greatest betrayal of the country during the past 60 years was the
UNP signing the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) with the LTTE terrorists
equating the terrorists force to the legally constituted Armed Forces
when the officers of the Armed Forces were asked to shake hands with
terrorists and discuss peace, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said
at an interview with the Sri Lanka Rupavahini telecast on Saturday
While there were 3,000 odd violations of the CFA all that the Armed
Forces could do was to look the other way, the Defence Secretary said.
Today UNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was asking the
Government to tell the public what assets were impounded after the
arrest and detention of the international LTTE network leader K.P., but
his arrest and deportation had to be carried out under confidentiality
that the foreign governments that assisted Sri Lanka in apprehending him
had insisted on.
The UNP had a history of betraying the Armed Forces and it was on the
request of the terrorist group that the long range deployment force was
betrayed, he added.
He said if confidentiality was breached by the government, the arrest
of K.P would not have been possible as a few weeks prior to it Channel 4
station had named him the successor to LTTE leader Prabhakaran.
Therefore our intelligence personnel were handling the case under
cover and he is still being questioned.
The LTTE international business operations are very complex and some
of these are legal businesses in other countries and the government had
succeeded in neutralizing some of the LTTE cells abroad but it is
difficult to do so in other countries especially in the West but very
soon it would become possible to give details about the assets of the
LTTE abroad, he noted.