|PM in talks with Thai leaders
to halt LTTE arms procurement
By S.J.Anthony Fernando
President Mahinda Rajapakse has sent Prime Minister Ratnasiri
Wickremanayaka who is also the Deputy Minister of Defence, on an
urgent mission to Thailand to request the Thai leaders to take
stringent action to stop LTTE gun running operations from the
South-East Asia region.
This is in view of intelligence reports that a bulk of LTTE arms
supplies had originated from the region with Thailand as a focal
point of supply.
According to informed sources there had been growing evidence to
suggest that the two large LTTE ships destroyed by the Navy
recently had been carrying arms from the region.
Prime Minister Wickremanayake has already met with the Prime
Minister and the Defence Minister of Thailand and expressed the
concerns of the Sri Lanka Government on LTTE activities. Prime
Minister Wickremanayake had said strong action by the Government
of Thailand in preventing agents of LTTE procuring arms is vital
to the ongoing attempts by the government to liberate the Tamil
people of the North and East from the scourge of terrorism and
restore normal civil life in the area.
The Sri Lankan Prime Minister has reiterated that the government
is committed to the resolution of the North East conflict
through peaceful means by formulating a solution acceptable to
all its citizen. According to Prime Ministerial sources the Thai
leaders expressed their support in this regard and agreed to
exchange intelligence information in their effort to prevent the
LTTE’s arms procurement under the cover of business dealings.
Prime Minister Wickremanayake was on a similar mission to
Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam early this year
where he met the leaders of those countries and called for more
stringent measures in those countries to prevent the LTTE
operatives from procuring arms.
Earlier several LTTE operatives using Thailand, Indonesia and
Malaysia for their gun running operations were arrested by the
law enforcement authorities in those countries.