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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2673

United Socialist Party (Sri Lanka) in alliance with UK's Socialist Workers Party (SWP) holds anti-government meeting in London

London, 14 April, ( The United Socialist Party (Sri Lanka) held a meeting in London on 12th April 2008 in alliance with the UK's Socialist Workers Party (SWP). The meeting was held at the London Tamil Sangam in the East Ham area of East London on the theme of "Stop the War in Sri Lanka", a campaign which is being orchestrated and backed by both political parties.

The chief speaker was Mr Srinath Perera representing the United Socialist Party (Sri Lanka) who had recently arrived from Sri Lanka with Professor Tissa Vitharana's delegation. Mr Perera's speech was highly critical of the Government of Sri Lanka and the armed forces. His speech was also critical of the Governments support of the TMVP (Tamil Peoples Liberation Tigers), a democratic political party that won the recent local council elections by a land slide victory and claimed that the East had not been liberated as the Government had claimed.

Mr Perera went on to claim that the Sri Lankan armed forces would not win the war in the North and will be unable to defeat the LTTE militarily because the TMVP under Col.Karuna Amman and his military commander Pillaiyan had assisted the armed forces in liberating the East and chasing the Tigers out. Mr Perera claimed that this would not necessarily be the case with winning the war in Vanni.

Mr Perera praised the work of the Civil Monitoring Mission (CMM) which is co-ordinated by his colleague Mr Mano Ganesan and he urged the Sri Lankan Diaspora to support the United Socialist Party in the run up to the Provincial Council elections in May and guaranteed that the North and East Provinces would be re-merged in accordance to the aspirations of the Tamil speaking people and in accordance to the Indo-Lanka Accord which President Mahinda Rajapakse now endorses, he claimed.

Mr Perera stated that the United Socialist Party respected the Sri Lankan Tamils right to self determination and respected their claim to their traditional homeland and its territorial integrity although he claimed that the USP did not support or endorse a separate independent state of Tamil Eelam. His speech also highlighted the human rights abuses, abductions and killings allegedly committed by the Government in order to silence anti-Government campaigners and their supporters.

- Asian Tribune -

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