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Lanka slams western powers, praises India for its support

[TOI, Sunday, 3 May 2009 20:21 No Comment]

Sri Lanka on Sunday criticised certain western countries for raising "ridiculous demands" including a ceasefire and amnesty for LTTE leaders in the island’s northern warzone as it praised India and a host of other nations for their support in eradicating terrorism.

In an article posted on the Defence Ministry website, it said "some countries that portray themselves as the global guardians of human rights, had made several shameless attempts to recommend punitive action against this poor third world country, struggling to rid itself of terrorism."

Meanwhile, the Tamil Tigers appealed to Britain and France to continue with their initiatives for a ceasefire, which the Government dismissed as an "eyewash".

"We are ready to engage in the process to bring about a ceasefire and enter into negotiations for an enduring resolution to the conflict," LTTE political head B Nadesan said in a letter to Britain Foreign Secretary David Miliband and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.

However, the Government dismissed the latest rebel move and said it had made it clear that the LTTE must lay down arms and surrender.

"Whatever the LTTE says in this connection is misleading and an eye wash. They are not at all serious about it," a defence official said.

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