Sri Lanka: LTTE tried to buy nuclear weapons: KP
COLOMBO: In a startling disclosure, the detained LTTE chief Kumaran Pathmanathan has told investigators that the rebels had tried to acquire
nuclear weapons and know-how to be used against the Sri Lankan army.
A media report has said that Pathmanathan who was recently arrested in South East Asian country has told interrogators that his organisation had tried to acquire nuclear weapons and technology from western countries.
"LTTE had been the first terrorist outfit that had tried to obtain nuclear power. Had they been successful in obtaining nuclear power, it would have flowed into the hands of other terror organisations too", the Nation newspaper said quoting military analysts.
"KP has revealed that the arms purchased with the money collected were shipped to the LTTE. How he purchased anti-aircraft missiles from arms dealers in the USA has been disclosed", the newspaper said.
Meanwhile, the former commander of LTTE Supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran and cabinet minister in the Sri Lankan government, Karuna Amman say it may be difficult to find a successor to KP.
"They (LTTE) can't do anything because all international networks were controlled by KP himself", Amman said.
The attempt to purchase nuclear weapons for the LTTE gives a whole new dimension to Prabhakaran's war for eelam. If the LTTE succeeded in this mission, it is more than sure they would have been used in the southern Sri Lanka and definitely not against the Tamils in the north and east.
By some divine grace, the ruthless terrorist leader could not get his hands on what he wanted. Had he acquired and used the weapons, one wonders where all the people and countries that make a noise about the IDPs would be and what they would have said then.
It is undeerstood that KP is giving out more details about the total LTTE operation in procuring arms. Names of many individuals, companies and countries have been divulged. It is a matter of time before the details of all the culprits come out.