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 Post Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:32 am 
Czech republic, Pakistan, Iran support Sri Lanka

@ LL/Agencies
11Dec2007


Czech republic has offered to provide anti aircraft missiles for SLAF while LTTE's de facto air force continued to pose a threat to Sri Lanka. Czech offer includes supply of state-of-the art AA missiles, training and even personnel to man the launchers if required.

LTTE is known to operate between 5 to 10 Zlin-143 light planes and have so far attempted 7 raids on both military and economic targets in Sri Lanka with little success.

Czech republic has been a strong supporter of Sri Lanka for many years. In 2000 Czech republic came to Sri Lanka's aid by providing Multiple Rocket Launchers (BM-21 and RM-70) when LTTE laid siege to Jaffna trapping 32000 government troops in the Peninsula. These MBRLs (also provided by Pakistan) were used extensively to push back the LTTE forces that laid siege to Jaffna and the machines were responsible for halting LTTE's unceasing waves III operation. In addition to the MBRLs, Czech government recently offered to provide Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for SLAF to replenish its inventory from losses suffered in AAB attack.

In the mean time, Pakistan yesterday extended its fullest support to Sri Lanka adding that it will also respect the sovereignty of the country. The caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan Mohammedmian Soomro said that though Sri Lanka and Pakistan are currently facing similar problems he expressed hope for a brighter future for both countries.

Iran has agreed to finance projects worth $1.9 billion in Sri Lanka on soft terms following a bilateral visit by Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Tehran recently. Iran agreed to provide “no interest” credit terms (4 +3 months) for petroleum purchases (approximately $700 million). Further, Iran would finance the Uma Oya Project ($450 million) and also finance the expansion of the Sapugaskanda refinery ($750 million). The Finance Ministry Secretary P.B. Jayasundera said that Iran is to supply 70 percent of his country's oil requirements.


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