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NFF raises battle cry against Indian interference


The National Freedom Front (NFF) has begun a campaign to discuss with other political parties the issue of increasing Indian political pressure to halt the ongoing military push in the North to eradicate LTTE terror.
NFF Chairman Wimal Weerawansa told The Nation that the time has come for all anti LTTE political forces to unite and support the on going military campaign that is nearing completion.

“The military forces have the LTTE on the run, and their so called de facto capital Kilinochchi will collapse in the near future. The pro LTTE forces have understood that the LTTE would crack under this massive military onslaught,” Weerawansa said. “That is why the pro LTTE elements in Tamil Nadu are creating unrest in India, and are trying to force the Indian Government to interfere in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka.”

Weerawansa claimed that these political forces are not interested in the well being of the Tamil people. Their only objective is to get political mileage out of a very sensitive issue, he said.

“Last week the Tamil Nadu politicians held an All Party Conference to discuss the Sri Lanka issue, and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said that India could certainly intervene in Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict to alleviate the sufferings of Tamils, in the manner in which it helped to create Bangladesh in 1971 from East Pakistan. And since elections are near, I fear that the Indian Central government might try to intimidate and influence Sri Lanka in the coming weeks. Therefore there is an urgent need for discussion and an alliance among anti LTTE groups at this juncture”, he said.

The NFF has made arrangements to meet representatives of Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU,) Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP,) TMVP, Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Muslim National Alliance (MNA) and United Democratic Alliance in the coming weeks to discuss the issue.
Meanwhile the NFF has requested Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara to hold a party leaders’ meeting on October 20 and to reserve a day to discuss the issue of Indian intervention in Parliament.