Refuting allegations made by an Indian politician that Sri Lanka is supporting extremist elements to carryout terrorist attacks in Indian soil, the Director/ Spokesperson of the Media Centre Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya yesterday (May 6) said that the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development rejects this baseless and unsubstantiated allegation which has been made targeting the audience in Tamil Nadu when elections are being held there.
Issuing a Press Release, he further states that as a country, emerging out of an era of terrorism Sri Lanka is now enjoying the dividends of peace and that terrorism in whatever form will not be tolerated.
Sri Lanka abides by international resolutions against terrorism and will not allow any form of terrorist activity within the island, he said.
Following is the statement by Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya;
A statement has been made by an Indian politician, targeting local audience in South Indian State of Tamil Nadu prior to elections, alleging that Sri Lanka was supporting an extremist terrorist organization to carry out attacks in India. In spite of obvious circumstances in which that statement had been made and its expected outcome that are clearly evident it has received an undue publicity.
The Ministry of Defence & Urban Development rejects this allegation which is not based on any evidence or facts. No evidence to support such an allegation has ever surfaced within the country, nor has any other party including the one that rhetorically made the false allegation produced any evidence to support such a claim.
Having emerged out of the dark era in which the scourge of terrorism retarded the country's progress we are now enjoying the peace dividends. The country has made rapid progress achieving internationally recognized development goals.
Terrorism in whatever form it manifests, be it separatism or extremism, will have no room in the island to carry out any act of terror. Sri Lanka has learnt the bitter lessons of terrorism and the Government has reiterated its commitment to eradicate this menace. The country abides by international resolutions against terrorism such as United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1267 and 1373 and does not and will not allow any terrorist outfit to recruit, train, or operate in Sri Lanka.