Champika wants probe on India

Government Minister and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) parliamentarian Champika Ranawaka says an independent investigation should be conducted on India’s role in Sri Lanka during the war.

He said that India transformed the LTTE led by Vellupillai Prabakaran from a small militant outfit to a major rebel army.

The Minister said that the LTTE had managed to obtain political support and safety from the Tamil Nadu administration.

He said that all those involved in supporting and funding the LTTE in India during the war, including politicians and government officials, should be investigated.

Earlier Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had also blamed the former Indian administration for the war in Sri Lanka which dragged for 30 years.

The government information department quoted Rajapaksa as telling the local media that India could never absolve itself of the responsibility for creating terrorism in Sri Lanka, though some of those directly involved in subverting Sri Lanka were blaming the Rajapaksa administration for the plight of Tamil speaking people in the country.

Rajapaksa said that those demanding accountability on Sri Lanka’s part for alleged atrocities committed during the last 100 days of the conflict were silent on the origin of terrorism in Sri Lanka.

He said the international community should consider a comprehensive investigation into the issue beginning with the Indian intervention. (Colombo Gazette)

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