The Sri Lankan government has rightly kicked away the begging bowlÂ put out by the Tamil terrorist outfit LTTEÂ pleading for peace.
Sri Lanka has basically issued an ultimatum to the Tamil terrorist organization – surrender or die.
This is a momentous opportunity for Sri Lanka.
We hope the Sri Lankan Government does not back down from its stand of surrender or die in dealing with the LTTE butchers and crushes the brutal terrorist outfit.
Sri Lanka’s Agriculture Minister Maithripala Sirisena (a recent target of the LTTE suicide brigade) told the country’s Parliament on Monday:
The government will not go for a ceasefire with the LTTE. We will not have any form of discussion with the LTTE. We have already told them to lay down arms and there is no change in our stand.
Sri Lanka considers the LTTE call for truce no more than a deceitful tactic to rearm and bolster its defenses.
LTTE is considered an untrustworthy organization in many quarters including the Sri Lankan government, sectionsÂ of the public and external organizations.
In recent weeks, Sri Lanka’s army has been making significant inroads into LTTE strongholds and captured land previously held by the terrorists. In the latest offensive, Sri Lankan armed forces are said to have captured the strategic area of Kiranchi in the LTTE bastion of Western Killinochchi.
A ruthless terrorist outfit that forcibly recruits children as soldiers and actively engages in suicide bombing, the LTTEÂ was responsible for the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at an election campaign rally in Tamil Nadu (India) as well as Tamil leaders in Sri Lanka who dared to raise their voice against the blood thirsty thugs.Â
Still the LTTE enjoys considerable support in Tamil Nadu and among the Tamil diaspora.
While the Tamils in Tamil Nadu are ready to engage in protests and publicity-stunt unnavruthams (hunger strike) to support their cousins across the Palk Straits in Sri Lanka, they have not shown a similar enthusiasm in asking for the capture and extradition of the sanguinary LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran to India for his involvement in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.
The U.S. State Department has LTTE on its terrorist list as do India and the European Union.