The Sri Lankan government is trying hard to get support from the other countries of the South Asian region and from China to fight with LTTE’s growing power. The recent incidents in the island that has clearly revealed the increasing air threat from LTTE has mounted immense pressure on the Sri Lankan government to take urgent steps.
Sri Lanka has also warned India that India’s nuclear facilities are well within the reach of the LTTE air strike’s range and this has become a danger not only for Sri lanka but for India also.
The government of India had reacted calmly on the LTTE’s air strikes in the island. Now, Sri Lanka has inaudibly given a piece of alert to the government of India that the island is going to urge Pakistan and China for an urgent support to counter the LTTE’s growing power. Sri Lanka has decided to purchase arms and other equipments to counter the LTTE’s aerial threat.
At the same time, Sri Lanka has urged India for the other technical assistance for an urgent training for radar operators and flight controllers. India had earlier provided Sri Lanka two Indira radars and additional pair of radars that helps to detect low-flying aircraft in surrounding region.
In his recent visit to India, Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse had met National Security Advisor M K Narayanan and chiefs of three wings of Indian armed force. This meeting is being said as the practice to convey the message to India that India is still an important part of the Sri Lanka’s plan to counter LTTE.
India’s military cooperation is must for Sri Lanka now and and salso in coming future. In the meeting with Narayanan, Rajapakse told him that Colombo is in an urgent need for air defence equipment and it would be approaching Pakistan, China and other countries to buy such euipments.