Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Tamil Tigers lose source of weapons

Tamil Tigers lose source of weapons

Tamil Tigers lose source of weapons

P rime Minister Hun Sen has promised the Sri Lankan prime minister to end a long-running flow of weapons from Cambodia to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)

"Hun Sen asked Sri Lanka to trust Cambodia that no more weapons would enter Sri Lanka," government spokesman Khieu Kanharith told news media on November 30.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wikremanayake arrived in Cambodia on November 29 for a four-day visit. For decades the Tamil Tigers have been waging a guerrilla war for an independent state in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, that has been marked by bombings, assassinations and failed peace talks.

Cambodia has long been a source of weapons for the LTTE. In 1996 the Bangkok-based Sri Lankan ambassador, Sarala Fernando, conveyed Colombo's alarm to the Cambodian government about the LTTE running armaments, munitions, and explosives out of Phnom Penh, the Post reported at the time.

The Cambodian government last year admitted for the first time that arms had been smuggled out of the country to guerrillas in Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Myanmar.

But Hun Sen has now vowed the flow will end, Kanharith said, and has promised to exchange intelligence with the Sri Lankan government to ensure this is achieved.

Hun Sen condemned the LTTE for using violence as a means to achieve an independent homeland, and offered his support to the Sri Lankan government's efforts to find a peaceful solution with the LTTE.

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,