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Is Lanka working on Idi Amin solution for Prabhakaran?
February 19, 2008 12:19 IST
Providing LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran a ''safe haven'' abroad like Ugandan dictator Idi Amin "has been proposed for sometime", Sri Lanka [Images] has said while warning the elusive rebel leader that he won't be able to go past India if he tries to flee the island country.
''Yes, that is his problem. If he (Prabhakaran) leaves Killinochchi, then India will get him for sure," Sri Lankan foreign secretary Palitha Kohona told online Asian Tribune.
The top Sri Lankan diplomat was asked whether the LTTE supremo was in danger of being apprehended by India if he leaves Sri Lanka. Kohona said it will be difficult for Prabhakaran to get past India.
"It will be difficult. You know that an Indian court wants him. India is a very legalistic country. You know that they regularly send us notes for Prabhakaran's extradition. And keep on reminding us to extradite Prabhakaran, as he is a proclaimed offender in the Rajiv Gandhi murder case,'' he said.
When asked whether Norway is making arrangements to provide safe haven to the Tiger leader, Kohona said, "That is a good idea, no? "It is a solution that has been proposed for sometime, The Idi Amin Solution," the official without elaborating.
Idi Amin, who seized power in Uganda in January 1971 in a military coup, fled to Libya in 1979 after the Uganda-Tanzania war. He relocated himself in Saudi Arabia in 1981 where he died in 2003. In reply to a query, the Sri Lankan official said his country was working towards getting Australia to ban the LTTE.
''We are working on it. In fact, I was there (in Australia) in January and I worked very hard on that subject." Colombo dumped a tattered 2002 ceasefire with the LTTE late last month.