Sri Lanka wary of pro-LTTE elements overseas
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Last Updated: Friday, October 21, 2011, 22:48
Colombo: Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the powerful Defence Secretary of Sri Lanka, on Friday warned that the military cannot rest on its laurels after the end of a three-decade separatist campaign by the Tamil Tigers, saying there were pro-LTTE elements in foreign countries.

Addressing the military at the opening of the security forces headquarters in the northern town of Kilinochchi, the younger brother of the president Mahinda Rajapaksa said that despite eradicating LTTE terrorism within the country the military still need to be aware of the dangers ahead.

"There are pro-LTTE elements in foreign countries who want to condemn the hard earned victory against terrorism," the Defence Secretary said.

Kilinochchi served as the international capital and its administrative seat when the LTTE ran its parallel administration.

The government forces wrested back the control of Kilinochchi from LTTE in January 2009.

Recalling the government action to rehabilitate the former members of the LTTE and reintegrate them in society, the defence ministry secretary said that there may be pro-LTTE groups who may still want to mislead the rehabilitated youth once again to take up arms.

"Therefore, the military must remain alert to prevent any situation like in the 1970s (when LTTE came to be formed)," Rajapaksa said.

Only a few hundred of LTTEs in rehabilitation remain to be released out of a total of over 11,000 of them who had surrendered to the government at the end of the conflict in May 2009.


First Published: Friday, October 21, 2011, 22:48

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