Text of the statement issued by the LTTE on March 10, 2008
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
10 March 2008
Is the Indian state attempting yet another historic blunder?
The state welcome given by the Indian state to the Sri Lanka military chief Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka, who is heading the Sri Lankan state’s war of ethnic genocide against the Eelam Tamils, has deeply hurt them..
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) strongly condemns the Indian state action of extending a state welcome to the military chief of the Sinhala state which has unilaterally abrogated the ceasefire agreement and has launched widespread military offensives in the Tamil homeland.
The Sri Lankan state is facing many warnings and condemnations for its attempt to seek a military solution and for its enormous human rights violations.
Despite this, the Sinhala state ignores these warnings and condemnations and continues with its abductions, killings, and arrests of Tamils.
The Sinhala state, keen to cover up this truth, is blaming the freedom movement of the Tamils, the LTTE, for the continuation of the war and is seeking assistance from the world for its war of ethnic genocide.
Many of the European countries, understanding this hidden motive of the Sinhala state, have halted all assistance that could support the ethnic genocide of the Tamils.
The Indian state also knows this truth. Yet, while pronouncing that a solution to the Tamil problem must be found through peaceful means, it is giving encouragement to the military approach of the Sinhala state. This can only lead to the intensification of the genocide of the Tamils.
LTTE wishes to point out to the Indian state that by this historic blunder it will continue to subject the Eelam Tamils to misery and put them in the dangerous situation of having to face ethnic genocide on a massive scale. On behalf of the Eelam Tamils, LTTE kindly requests the Tamils of Tamil Nadu to understand this anti-Tamil move of the Indian state and express their condemnation.
We did not leave the ceasefire agreement and we did not start the war. We are only undertaking a defensive war against the war of ethnic genocide of the Sri Lankan state.
We still have not abandoned the Norway sponsored peace efforts and we are ready to take part in such efforts.
In this context, the Indian state’s move of propping up the politically-militarily-economically weakened SriLankan state has upset Eelam Tamils.
The view expressed by the Indian military chiefs, "India wants to ensure that the Sri Lankan Army maintains its upperhand over the LTTE", just illustrates the efforts of the Indian state to prop up the Sinhala war machine.
The Indian state must take the responsibility for the ethnic genocide of the Tamils that will be carried out by the Sinhala military re-invigorated by such moves of the Indian state.