Friday, November 14, 2008

LTTE cannot be crushed, say Sri Lanka Tamil MPs

New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) The Tamil Tigers cannot be crushed, two Sri Lankan Tamil MPs said Thursday, reacting to claims that the rebels were on the verge of losing the dragging war in the island nation.

"We have been hearing from various (Sri Lankan) presidents that the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) will perish. There is nothing new in it," N. Sri Kantha of the pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance (TNA) told the media here.

Sri Kantha and his colleague M.K. Shivaji Lingam spoke even as Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa met Indian leaders here.

"The LTTE cannot simply be crushed,' Sri Kantha said. 'It is a military organisation that still controls a sizeable chunk of Sri Lankan territory. It has a 35-year history. It can be defeated but it cannot be destroyed." Full Text