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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2646

UNP spokesman says his party would never support the war of this government waged against the LTTE

By Walter Jayawardhana

Colombo, 13 October, (Asiantribune.com):A spokesman of the United National Party now engaged in discussions with President Rajapaksa said that the party will never support any war by the government against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).Rajitha Senaratne of the United National Party said the Opposition United National Party would never support the war the government is waging against the LTTE. Rajitha Senaratne of the United National Party said the Opposition United National Party would never support the war the government is waging against the LTTE.

The spokesman Rajitha Senaratne of the United National Party and a leading crusader of the Anti-War movement led by Kumar Rupasinghe, a close ally of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), said the Opposition United National Party would never support the war the government is waging against the LTTE.

He was speaking to the BBC’s Sinhalese service Sandeshaya at a media discussion about their anti-war movement.

Rajitha Senaratne in a news feature broadcast by the Sinhala service of the BBC and narrated by the radical leftist tabloid editor of the Haraya, Gnanasiri Kottugoda said his party, the UNP has never followed a "pro-war racist" policy under the leadership of Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Speaking through a different interview, also broadcast by the same service on the same day(Thursday) the UNP and opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe , after discussions with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, said that the UNP wanted a no war situation since it was the only way of reducing the cost of living for the people. He said President Mahinda Rajapaksa has assured him that the peace talks as scheduled on October 28 and 29 would hold as arranged.The main organizer of the National Anti War Movement  is Kumar Rupasinghe The main organizer of the National Anti War Movement is Kumar Rupasinghe

Kumar Rupasinghe , the controversial ex-brother in law of the former President Chandrika Kumaratunga who held an anti-war rally few weeks ago, with UNP’s Rajitha Senaratne in which Buddhist monks were physically attacked when they attempted to question the political motives of his movement said he was ready to meet the challenge of the Buddhist monks by changing the way the movement is carried in the Sinhala areas.

Instead of rallies, that arouse opposition from nationalist groups , he said that he would organize events called "Sama Bana"- preachings by Buddhist monks about the merits of having peace with the LTTE in the Sinhala areas.Pandemonium at the anti-war rally recently organized by Kumar RupasinghePandemonium at the anti-war rally recently organized by Kumar Rupasinghe

Kumar Rupasinghe’s politically charged anti-war movement is supported by a Buddhist monk named Rev. Madampagama Assaji- who is being heavily sponsored by some foreign NGO’s in the country. He is expected to organize the "Sama Bana" program with some pro-UNP Buddhist monks. But nationalists could organize the same questioning they did at the last anti-war rally organized by Kumar Rupasinghe.

But Rupasinghe has not given up on big anti-war rallies like the one that ended up in a pandemonium when some of his activists attacked Buddhist monks last time. He will organize them in areas where the LTTE is more powerful in the East and the North, where the pro-nationalist Buddhist monks would not dare go to question his political motives.

To test the success of those rallies Kumar Rupasinghe arranged one recently in a strongly Catholic area in Negombo with the participation of Buddhist monk Rev. Assaji. Opponents have dubbed Venerable Assaji’s sect of monks as "Palli Nikaya"- palli in reference to Christian church. Nikaya means sect.

A Tamil politician closely associated with the LTTE and the leader of the Western Province People’s Front is also leader of the Anti War Front headed by Kumar Rupasinghe. He has from time to time appreciated the armed struggle of the LTTE. Mano Ganeshan addressing a pro-LTTE meeting once said that the international community is taking note of the problems Tamils face in Sri Lanka only because of the armed struggle of the Liberation Tigers, according to the Tamil Net website.

He said on behalf of the Anti-War National Front media conference that it was unacceptable the government imposing pre-conditions for the LTTE when they were ready for peace talks on October 28 and 29.

He said it was ridiculous that the government wants to take up for discussion seven core issues namely, democracy, multi-party system, pluralism, human rights, child recruitment, development of the North and East and devolution, with the Tamil Tigers at the peace talks.

He said democracy, ,multi-party systems , pluralism, human rights child recruitment for war, development of North and East have no place in a peace agenda. He said those things could be discussed after devolving power to the Tamil areas.

Mano Ganeshan working closely with the LTTE knows if those core issues were discussed and a program could be implemented to solve them it would be the LTTE that would be hit. LTTE is known to run a parallel government in certain enclaves in the country’s Tamil speaking areas that are described as Fascist, anti-democratic, ethnic cleansing that does not tolerate political parties of the Tamils run independently of them like EPDP, PLOTE and TULF. LTTE war machine is also run by child soldiers, who are sent to the front as cannon fodder. He said such topics should have no place in a peace agenda.

The leader of the Left Front, a Marxist-Trotskyite NGO mostly run with foreign funds and who intend to develop the organization into a mass political party in the future, Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratne said Professor Tissa Vitharana’s proposed Panchayat system for the devolution of power is not enough. He said greater power should be devolved to the provinces.

The main organizer of the National Anti War Movement Kumar Rupasinghe had been engaged in Sri Lanka politics in the sixties using his power being the son in law of the former Prime Minister Sirima Bandaranaike and estranged husband of Sunethra Bandaranaike leading a group called Jana Vegaya.

With their unsuccessful marriage that ended in acrimonious allegations that Sunethra was extremely cruel, the political movement crashed. Living abroad and getting involved in many international controversies that allegedly prevented him going back to some African countries Kumar Rupasinghe kept on coming back to Sri Lanka, spending foreign funds, and speaking supportively of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

- Asian Tribune -

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