The 1987 agreement between India and Sri Lanka helped defeat the LTTE led by Vellupillai Prabakaran, Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake said.
Dissanayake said that when the Indo-Lanka accord was signed at the time his father, Gamini Dissanayake, was a Minister in the United National Party (UNP) Government, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party opposed it.
He says if the agreement was not signed India would not have supported Sri Lanka to defeat Vellupillai Prabakaran.
“After 1987 India did not oppose Sri Lanka’s moves to defeat Prabakaran,” he said.
The Minister said that if India had helped Prabakaran, terrorism in Sri Lanka would have been worse that what it was. (Colombo Gazette)