Sri Lanka Wednesday blamed India for the Tamil separatist war which dragged for 30 years on the island. The information department quoted Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as telling the local media that India could never absolve itself of the responsibility for creating terrorism in Sri Lanka.
India’s former permanent representative to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri, called for an investigation into specific allegations of war crimes during the last 100 days of military operations in Sri Lanka.
Rajapaksa, however, said those demanding accountability on Sri Lanka’s part for alleged atrocities committed during the last 100 days of the conflict were silent on the origin of terrorism in Sri Lanka. He said Puri should realise that India’s intervention in Sri Lanka had caused a major regional crisis when “Indian-trained Sri Lankan terrorists” raided the Maldives in November 1988.
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Government Minister and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) parliamentarian Champika Ranawaka says an independent investigation should be conducted on India’s role in Sri Lanka during the war.
He said that India transformed the LTTE led by Vellupillai Prabakaran from a small militant outfit to a major rebel army.
The Minister said that the LTTE had managed to obtain political support and safety from the Tamil Nadu administration.
He said that all those involved in supporting and funding the LTTE in India during the war, including politicians and government officials, should be investigated.