By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema
LTTE’s international wing head, Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP has coordinated a meeting between members of the Tamil Diaspora and senior officials in the country’s defence establishment.
Military Spokesperson Major General Prasad Samarasinghe told The Sunday Leader that KP, who is currently in government custody, had recently coordinated a meeting between the government and members of the Tamil Diaspora.
“Members of the Tamil Diaspora met with the Defence Secretary to discuss the post war situation in the country,” he said.
Samarasinghe said the diaspora members had also met with other senior ministers in the government to discuss post war rehabilitation.
They had met External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris as well.
When queried whether KP had accompanied these members from the diaspora to Vavuniya and other areas in the North, Samarasinghe said he was unable to comment on whether KP had visited the North, but said, “The diaspora members visited the North, I don’t know about KP.”
The Spokesperson added that former LTTEers are now showing a keen interest in rebuilding the North.
“KP has now realised that Eelam is not the solution,” he said.
Meanwhile, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told The Sunday Leader that KP has been the bridge between the government and the Tamil diaspora members in efforts to build reconciliation.
“KP got down members from the diaspora. We are making in-roads to build a dialogue with some of them living outside. We are looking at the long term. We don’t want the diaspora to be active and bounce back. We need to now use tactics to quell any possible resurgence of the LTTE. That will however take time. But it is all part of the reconciliation process for which KP is important,” he said.