[QODLink]
Archive
Tamil Tiger apology to India
A senior Tamil Tiger leader has apologised to India for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, a former Indian prime minister, in 1991.
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2006 15:11 GMT
Congress leader Rajiv was killed by a suicide bomber in 1991
A senior Tamil Tiger leader has apologised to India for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, a former Indian prime minister, in 1991.

"I would say it is a great tragedy, a monumental historical tragedy for which we deeply regret and we call upon the government of India and people of India to be magnanimous to put the past behind," Anton Balasingham, the chief negotiator for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), said in an interview with India's NDTV news channel.

Rajiv was killed in protest at India's involvement in Sri Lanka's civil war. Indian soldiers were sent to the north of the island as peacekeepers in 1987.

They ended up fighting with the Tigers and withdrew in 1990.

The Tigers have admitted their role in the attack before but this is the strongest expression of regret from the separatists.

Rajiv was killed by a suicide bomber while campaigning for his Congress Party in the run-up to national elections.

Fourteen other people were also killed in the attack in the town of Sriperumbudur, near Chennai [formerly Madras], the capital of the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

The Tigers have pledged not to work against India's interests, Balasingham told NDTV, saying India should be "actively involved in the peace process".

The LTTE fought a civil war against the Sri Lankan government which lasted nearly two decades. They want to create an homeland for ethnic Tamils in the east of the country.

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.