JVP heavyweight Wimal Weerawansa, MP, yesterday warned the Rajapaksa`s government of a fresh attempt by the so-called international community to provide what he called ``a lifeline to the LTTE.``
He asserted that the international community had shamelessly come to the LTTE`s rescue at critical stages when it faced irreversible defeats.
Paying a glowing tribute to the SLAF for delivering a knock-out blow to the enemy in the immediate aftermath of the Anuradhapura debacle, he urged the government to step-up the offensive.
`Go flat out against the enemy now. Don`t give them a breather. Maximize our military gains,` he said, asserting that the government shouldn`t hesitate to exploit the situation to its advantage.
He dismissed criticism that Tamilselvan shouldn`t have been targeted as it would hinder the so-called peace process. He also warned of an attempt to undermine Friday`s attack by fuelling speculation that the tip-off on the target`s movements had come from the LTTE leadership.
Addressing a hurriedly summoned press conference at the National Library Services Board, Weerawansa sharply criticized US Ambassador Robert Blake for constantly backing the LTTE`s cause.
He accused the so-called US-led international community of both overtly and covertly backing the LTTE which he categorized as a mercenary force hell-bent on subverting the Sri Lankan government.
They wanted Sri Lanka to be the region`s Israel, he said, asserting that a primary reason for this could be sizeable oil and natural resources including natural gas in Sri Lankan territory.
Fielding questions, Weerawansa acknowledged that Sri Lanka continued to acquire arms, ammunition and equipment from the US, Israel and other suppliers. Vijitha Herath, MP, said that Israel had provided training for both government forces and the LTTE.
The JVP asserted that some countries while supplying weapons to the government could be secretly assisting the LTTE. They may not directly supply arms but provide support at crucial stages as the LTTE faced heavy battlefield defeats.
Weerawansa acknowledged the availability armaments of Chinese origin in the hands of the LTTE. He emphasized that China wouldn`t provide arms to the LTTE but the LTTE could lay its hands on Chinese arms, ammunition and equipment through a third party.
Sizeable stocks of Chinese built armaments are believed to have been destroyed in a series of navy operations on the high seas and the Gulf of Mannar over the past 18 months.
Weerawansa said that the LTTE was now vulnerable and contrary to claims propagated by interested parties, particularly the foreign-funded NGOs and a section of the press, government security forces were fully capable of wiping out this menace.