Vaiko thwarted Indian bid for ceasefire: KP
COLOMBO: Kumaran Pathmanathan, alias KP, who was the LTTE’s international face, has said that MDMK leader Vaiko thwarted India’s bid to bring about a ceasefire ahead of the 2009 parliamentary polls in India.
KP, currently under detention in Sri Lanka, told the Daily Mirror on Saturday, that the LTTE’s political commissar, B Nadesan, had asked “sympathisers” in the DMK such as Chief Minister Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi, and Catholic priest Fr Jegath Gaspar Raj, to persuade New Delhi to help bring about a ceasefire and prevent annihilation of the LTTE and its leader, V Prabhakaran.
New Delhi was open to the idea because the DMK-Congress combine in Tamil Nadu was worried about losing the elections with AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa taking a pro-LTTE stance. Home minister P Chidambaram handled the negotiations on behalf of India.
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Published: Sun Aug 22 02:44:57 EDT 2010