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Sri Lankan Tamil party rejects allegations of supporting rebels

2013 Dec 04

Sri Lanka's main Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance, on Tuesday rejected allegations it supported the Tamil Tiger rebels during the war.

In an address to Parliament, Tamil National Alliance leader Rajavarothiam Sampanthan said that his party only looked to work with the rebels to secure a political solution to the conflict but never supported the atrocities they had committed.

Some members of the Sri Lankan government and hardline groups have often accused the Tamil National Alliance of being proxies of the rebels.

"Please do not throw stones at us. We had nothing to do with the LTTE. We worked with them when we needed to bring about a political solution, when we needed to work with them," Sampanthan said.

The LTTE refers to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, also known as the Tamil Tigers.

The rebels carried out suicide bombings and attacks and also assassinate several politicians over a 30-year period during which it fought the army in an attempt to secure a separate Tamil state in Sri Lanka's north.

However the battle ended with the defeat of the rebels in May 2009 in which thousands of people were killed and injured.

The Tamil National Alliance on Tuesday condemned the atrocities committed by the LTTE during the 30-year war.

On Monday, Tamil National Alliance legislator M.A. Sumanthiran said that the attacks carried out by the rebels on civilians and assassinations of Sinhala and Tamil politicians are acts which need to be condemned.

However, he said that the government must now implement its post war responsibilities including assurances it gave to UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon.

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