Tuesday, April 21, 2009

LTTE is a terrorist outfit, says Indian PM

New Delhi (PTI): Amid a flip-flop by DMK chief M Karunanidhi over the status of LTTE, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said the government of India considers the outfit based in Sri Lanka as a "terrorist organisation" and its leader V Prabhakaran remains a "proclaimed offender".

"Our position has been explained by the spokesperson of the Congress party in the last few days that LTTE is a terrorist organisation and that Prabhakaran is a proclaimed offender. That, I think, the situation has remained unchanged as far as our government is concerned," Mr. Singh told Times Now.

He was responding when asked to comment on remarks by Mr. Karunanidhi that LTTE is not a terrorist organisation. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, however, later backtracked on his comment.

Mr. Singh took note of Mr. Karunanidhi's revised comment, saying "The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has clarified the position."

Asked whether such statements put any pressure on post-election coalitions, the Prime Minister said, "I hope not, but I don't rule out anything in this age of uncertainty."

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