Business tycoon Lalith Kotelawala has described the Tamil Tigers as `genuine freedom fighters`.
?They (LTTE) have done great service to their people and you can`t brand them as pure terrorists as they are genuine freedom fighters,? Mr. Kotelawala who was once a victim of an LTTE attack told Dubai-based Gulf News.
Criticizing the government for its hit-back policy, Mr. Kotelawala said ?the current policy of the government is a hit-back policy and that is an Israeli policy. I don`t think its right ,? he said.
?We can`t ask them (LTTE) to disarm in order to sit down and talk while we hold onto our arms. Things must be left as they are and we must talk about devolution, federal state or autonomy,? the Ceylinco group head said.
Mr. Kaotelawala also said Tamil Tigers should enter the democratic path. ?They should not be afraid to do that. In all fairness, the LTTE has been pushed into doing it.?
He said there should be a change in the attitude of the LTTE leadership. ?They must realize that the best opportunity to work things out is through a system of self-governance. That is the structure that needs to be discussed,? he said.