ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER TELLS VISITING SRI LANKA PRIME MINISTER FIGHT TERRORISM -DONTCAPITULATE TO IT
By Walter Jayawardhana
"Do not give in to terrorism because it will only bring destruction
to your country. Terrorism must be fought; one must not capitulate to
it," said Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to visiting Sri lankan
Prime Pinister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka.
A statement issued by the Israeli Prime Ministers office quoted
Olmert as saying to the Sri Lankan leader during the first day of the
Sri lankan leaders four day visit to Israel that terrorism has
to be fought against severely.
The visiting Prime Minister of Sri Lanka said in Jeruselam that the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is maintaining strong relations with
internationally accepted terrorist groups like PKK and some affiliates
of the dreaded Al Qaida.
Quoting experts of terrorism Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka, who happens
to be the Indian Ocean island republics first Prime Minister to
visit Israel said that Sri Lankas LTTE maintain maintain
relations with PKK, Taliban, Islamic groups in the Philippines and some
affiliates of the Al Qaida.
Speaking about the current situation in Sri Lanka the Sri Lankan leader
said, The black Tigers are responsible for suicide operations
and have perfected suicide bombings and assassinations. It is generally
believed that they learnt it from some Palestinian groups.
Wickremanayake has held talks with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defence Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.
He will also be travelling to the West Bank to meet with Palestinian
Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas.
On a four-day working visit to Israel, during his meeting with Olmert,
Wickremanayake noted that his country has been dealing with a severe
terrorism problem that is affecting both the daily life as well as the
national economy, a statement from the Prime Ministers Office
Wickremanayake said his island nation shares a lot of commonalities
with Israel and both the nations have been at the receiving end of terror
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