Legal Correspondent

Envoy presents note to Bar Association

  • Government's response in legitimate self-defence: note
  • Association not supporting the LTTE, says Aggarwala

    New Delhi: Sri Lankan High Commissioner C.R. Jayasinghe on Thursday said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was spreading misinformation globally to hide the reality that the violence in Sri Lanka was solely instigated by it.

    Responding to a memorandum sent by the All-India Bar Association to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday seeking the Indian Government's intervention to stop ethnic killings on the island, the High Commissioner and Counsellor A. Saj U Mendis met AIBA chairman Adish Aggarwala and vice-chairman S. Prabakaran here. They gave the AIBA a note on the ground realities on the island.

    The note, a copy of which was made available to The Hindu , said: "Sri Lanka continues to suffer from the terrorism perpetrated by the LTTE. This organisation has due to its activities now been identified as terrorist in nature by the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, India and Canada. In this situation, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka have no option but to resolutely resist the terror of the LTTE. At the same time, the Government of Sri Lanka is firmly committed to resolving the legitimate grievances of the Tamil community."

    The Government's response was in legitimate self-defence and in keeping with its constitutional obligation to protect the territorial integrity of the nation, the note said. The operations of the armed forces were deterrent in nature and limited in scope and duration.

    Among the tactics the LTTE deployed were feeding misinformation globally and pushing out people from the areas it dominates to south India in a bid to tarnish Sri Lanka's image, the note said.

    According to Mr. Aggarwala, the High Commissioner said the AIBA, representing the legal fraternity, should not fall prey to such misinformation. Mr. Aggarwala said he explained that the association was not supporting the LTTE.

    More In: Today's Paper