Former Sri Lankan rebel backs president

kp     Kumaran Pathmanathan  a former top Sri Lankan LTTE leader said  that he believes President Mahinda Rajapaksa can resolve the minority Tamil issue.

Speaking at a special press briefing at the Sencholai Children’s Home in Kilinochchi, former Tamil Tigers chief arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan said that President Rajapaksa has the calibre to address the Tamil issue. Pathmanathan was arrested in Malaysia in 2009 and is detained in Sri Lanka and allowed to operate a children’s home.

Claiming that the election manifesto of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had stronger demands than the Vadukkodai Resolution and was harmful for the country, former LTTE’r  Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP accused the TNA of obstructing the release of most of the LTTE suspects in custody. He said he had managed to get some of the former LTTEers released from government judicial custody over the past few years.

Pathmanathan  accused the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the main Tamil party in Sri Lanka, of looking at dividing the country using the Northern Provincial Council elections. He also accused the TNA Chief Ministerial candidate for the Northern Provincial Council elections C.V. Wigneswaran of giving maximum punishment to LTTE suspects who were found guilty, while he was the presiding judge. He also accused TNA Leader R. Sampanthan and TULF leader V. Ananda Sangaree of playing double games

He said some members of the Tamil diaspora, including an organisation known as the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), is not serious about Tamil issues. TGTE is led by former LTTE member V. Rudrakumar and operates mainly from the US.

“I started the TGTE but now they have shifted focus and have other agendas,” he said.However, Pathmanathan noted that not all in the diaspora are involved in the campaign against the government.“Some people in the diaspora are supporting me in my work to help the war-affected people in the north,” he said.

He also said that the international community should not interfere in Sri Lanka’s affairs as the government could deal with issues in Sri Lanka.

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