Prabhakaran wasn`t our enemy: PC

Chidambaram said Prabhakaran could have been "Mudisooda Mannan" of several Sri Lankan provinces.

Last Updated: Jul 18, 2010, 21:18 PM IST

Virudhunagar (TN): Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram has said slain LTTE leader V Prabhakaran would
have been "Mudisooda Mannan" (uncrowned monarch) of the
northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka had he accepted
the 1987 Indo-Sri Lankan agreement as requested by former
prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Addressing a public meeting here Saturday night, Chidambaram
said he had met Prabhakaran and talked with him for hours. "He
(Prabhakaran) was not our enemy. We were opposed to the path
chosen by him."

Virudhunagar is the home constituency of MDMK chief
Vaiko, a known LTTE supporter. Vaiko was defeated by Congress
nominee Manick Tagore by 15,000 votes in the 2009 Lok Sabha
elections.

Chidambaram said a country needs peace for development.
"Violence and rioting will not develop a country." There had
been heavy loss of lives and properties in Sri Lanka (during
the war against the LTTE).

Claiming that peace had returned to the island nation, he
said India had given Rs 3,600 crore for the benefit of the
internally displaced Tamils. The government had also allocated
Rs 1,000 crore for the construction of 50,000 houses in
northern Sri Lanka.

The Home Minister said efforts are underway to renovate
Kangesanthurai port and repair Palali airport.

He said he was confident that in another two years, 2.5
lakh displaced Tamils would get their houses and they would be
rehabilitated.

Chidambaram was participating in the 108th birth
anniversary celebrations of former chief minister Kamaraj and
125th anniversary of the Congress party.

PTI