The opposition today raised concerns over a US report which claims the LTTE’s international network of sympathizers and financial support still persists.
Former Foreign Minister and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian, Professor G.L Peiris said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should have convened a special cabinet meeting to discuss the report.
He said that the US report had noted that some Sri Lankan diaspora groups are collecting funds to purchase weapons for the LTTE.
“The Government should act on this urgently. There is a threat to National Security,” Professor G.L Peiris said.
He noted that instead of addressing the serious issue at hand, the Government is taking measures which will help the LTTE network.
The annual Country Report on Terrorism for 2014 which was released last Friday by the US State Department noted that despite its military defeat at the hands of the Sri Lankan government in 2009, the LTTE’s international network of sympathizers and financial support still persists.
Professor G.L Peiris said that the former Government had made several attempts to negotiate with the LTTE but when those attempts failed the Government had no choice but to defeat the rebels militarily.
He said that that during attempts to reach a negotiated settlement with the LTTE, it became clear the LTTE was adopting delaying tactics and was not genuine at peace talks.
The UPFA MP also said that several statements made by some local politicians and foreign officials has added to the fear that the Government will accommodate an international investigation into the war despite saying earlier that it will only allow a domestic investigation. (Colombo Gazette)