TMVP Leader and breakaway eastern LTTE commander Karuna Amman has met Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and discussed issues relating to security in the North.
Karuna Amman told the Daily Mirror that he had also had several rounds of discussions with Government ministers and officials regarding his future plans in Sri Lankan politics.
I will not name the ministers I met, but I have already discussed my future in politics with them. I have also discussed with Mr. Rajapaksa the security issues in the North and said that victory can be achieved only if the civilians in Kilinochchi are rescued, Karuna said.
Media reports last year quoted Karuna as telling the British police that he got his false diplomatic passport Karuna, to travel to London from the Defence Secretary leading to his subsequent arrest and jail term in Great Britain. However, Karuna upon returning to Colombo said he never made such a statement to the British police and denied the Defence Secretary had any involvement in his false passport issue.
Karuna told the Daily Mirror that several rounds of discussions would take place with Mr. Rajapaksa in the future as the security forces move further into LTTE-controlled areas in the North.
He added that as the military plans were going according to expectations, the troops would be able to capture Kilinochchi shortly.
My discussion with Mr. Rajapaksa lasted for an hour where we briefed each other about the situation in the North. Military plans are going according to expectations and I will meet him regularly and offer my assistance where security plans are concerned, Karuna said.
Karuna also said the Government had to pay due attention in rescuing the estimated 300,000 civilians trapped in Kilinochchi and urged the international community and the UN to put pressure on the LTTE to release the civilians who wished to cross into Government held territory.
He also feared for the safety of the civilians as the LTTE was now forcibly recruiting one child per family and warned of a possible bloodbath as the Tigers were using civilians as human shields. The Government has to rescue the civilians. If not anything is possible. I have informed the Defence Secretary about this as well, Karuna said.
He added that Government shelling over Kilinochchi was also psychologically affecting the civilians and hoped that civilians would start making their way into Vavuniya soon to flee the fighting.