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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2790

Sri Lanka's hard-line parties oppose United Nations intervention in the country

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 14 November, ( The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has lodged its vehement opposition to President Mahinda Rajapaksa against the possible United Nations intervention to bring an end to the ongoing Jaffna food shortage.

JHU spokesman Nishanth Sri Warnasinghe told the "Asian Tribune" that Sri Lanka was not suffering to a situation similar to Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan or Ethiopia, and so UN intervention was not necessary.

"Sri Lanka also has a democratically elected government and a Parliament, and under such a situation UN intervention is not necessary and neither ethical, as this is against UN norm," he noted.

Mr. Warnasinghe maintained that the when the distribution of food was under the government there was no issue but after it was handed over to the private sector did the crisis occur.

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna also voiced its opposition early last week over possible UN intervention. The JVP claimed that, "Using flag of UNO to send essential items to the North is fulfillment of the interests of tiger terrorists."

The JVP claimed that the UN too has been waiting to mediate in the internal crisis of our country to give the impression to the world that it is a conflict between two separate states. By using the UNO
flag to distribute food to the North, GOSL would display to the whole world that it is even incapable of distributing food to the North. Even a child would know that such an act would be advantageous to separatist terrorism only.

"Under these circumstances, the decision taken by the Government to transport essential items to the North under the UN flag is a serious and unwise one. We agree that all steps should be taken to fulfill all the needs of the people in the North. The Government should commit itself fully for this. However, doing this under the UNO flag would be a very serious issue that would have a catastrophic result. Hence, we vehemently oppose this move," the JVP noted.

We emphasize that the decision taken by the Government to use the UN flag to transport goods to the North should be changed immediately, take necessary steps regarding government officials who evade the responsibility of making available essential items and other services to the people and fulfill the task of transporting goods to the North using the flag of GoSL..

- Asian Tribune -

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