NEW DELHI, March 3 (Xinhua) -- India said on Tuesday it will not buckle
under any threat from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels of Sri
Lanka, who warned New Delhi with consequences for demanding a safe passage of
civilians caught in the fighting between government forces and LTTE.
A senior Indian government official said on condition of anonymity that
Tamil Tigers' warning to India not to help Sri Lanka to "uproot" civilians from
their land shows the desperation of LTTE who are fighting government forces in a
last-ditch attempt to save their last stronghold.
"India will not buckle under any threat to help its neighbor," he said.
The political head of LTTE, B. Nadesan, is said to have issued a warning to
India not to ask for evacuation of civilians, saying the displacement of people
from their homeland would be "a monumental blunder".
"India and UN will be in no position to ask Sri Lanka to adhere to these
empty promises of resettlement in the future. The human shield term is a
propaganda used towards uprooting the Tamil people from their traditional
habitat. The Tamil people have lived here for generations and want to continue
living here and make a livelihood in these lands," Nadesan had said in a
India has asked the Sri Lankan government to arrange a truce with the LTTE
to let thousands of civilians leave the war zone, as government forces are
apparently overwhelming the LTTE in northern Sri Lanka.
India has also offered assistance to Sri Lanka of helping to rebuild the
nation in the wake of its ongoing war with the Tamil Tigers.