The LTTE became powerful as it had the support of the Tamil Diaspora, and the government was unleashing violence on the civilians. This drove the youth to take up arms. The LTTE indeed had its rough edges, some of which we could never have agreed to. But the real issue was the government suppression. So, unless that equality and justice is granted, our struggle will continue.
Today, we have come to a situation where India, the UN, US, EU, UK, France, Canada, Australia -- all have taken a view that there is a serious problem pertaining to the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. The Tamil people must have the right to determine their destiny in areas that they have historically inhabited.
Do you see another violent phase in the near future?
I am a non-violent person. I would not say violence is a solution. But in this situation, this is a stage where India must play a pro-active role. And the international community must support India in a very vibrant way. It must be made clear to the Sri Lankan government that there must be no further loss of rights and devastation on the Tamil areas.
The Tamil people must be allowed to commence life and lead a life of equality and dignity in the country. I don't look forward to an armed struggle.