Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sri Lanka says plea for truce looks 'LTTE orchestrated'

New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Sri lanka said Thursday that the demand from political parties in Tamil Nadu for a ceasefire in the island nation appeared to be orchestrated by the Tamil Tigers.

In the most high profile reaction after MPs from Tamil Nadu's ruling DMK and its allies threatened to quit parliament if New Delhi did not put pressure on Colombo to go for a truce by Oct 29, Sri Lanka Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa refused to halt the military campaign against the Tigers.

And in remarks, clearly aimed at Tamil Nadu's politicians, Rajapaksa also said in an interview: "Everyone needs to remember that Sri Lankan Tamils are Sri Lankan citizens. It is our duty to solve their problems." Full Text

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