The Government has emphasized that it will not permit attempts by tiger sympathisers in the world to revive the LTTE. Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne laid this emphasis moving a resolution in Parliament to extend the state of emergency by a further month.
The Prime Minister told the House that after the humanitarian operations, there was an effort to revive the tiger outfit by the LTTE remnants in Sri Lanka and abroad. Emphasizing that the Government would not leave room for such attempts, the Prime Minister noted that channel four in Britain had telecast the fake video footage on war crimes in Sri Lanka, on behalf of this aim. He further told the House that the Government was taking immediate action in this respect. Meanwhile the Government clarified its stand on the statement made by UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya to a weekend newspaper. Mr. Jayasuriya pointed out that there was a distortion in the publication and the views expressed by him. Accordingly, statement made by Karu Jayasuriya has been published in this newspaper today. Making a special reference on this issue in Parliament, Minister Susil Premajayanth pointed out that this was a statement made to appease the LTTE loyalists.
In the meantime the UN panel of Sri Lanka is due to forward its report to Ban Ki Moon next month. The Minister said that this statement had been made to coincide with this report. He emphasized that the statement had also been made to meet the needs of the Tamil Diaspora.