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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2676

Defeat the LTTE, Liberate the Tamils and simultaneously address their grievances - Somawansa Amarasinghe

Colombo, 20 March, ( Adopt a two pronged strategy to solve the problems confronting the country and defeat the LTTE, Liberate the Tamils and simultaneously address their grievances, urged Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna. Somawansa Amarasinghe : in fact LTTE is part of the problem” and if at all Government wanted to talk to them “Government must talk to reform the LTTE.”  Somawansa Amarasinghe : in fact LTTE is part of the problem” and if at all Government wanted to talk to them “Government must talk to reform the LTTE.”

Somawansa Amarasinghe, leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) speaking to “Asian Tribune” told, “The Government should defeat the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Separatist Tamil terrorists’ outfit, Liberate the Tamils and simultaneously address the grievances of the people living in the North and East of Sri Lanka.”

The JVP leader emphasized that defeating the LTTE and liberating the Tamils is one aspect and the other aspect is addressing the grievances faced by Tamils and other communities living in the North and East. He insisted that both aspects should be undertaken simultaneously.

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna leader Somawansa Amarasinghe said that he could not understand the reasons why the Government keeps on harping that it wanted to negotiate with the LTTE.

He emphasized “in fact LTTE is part of the problem” and if at all Government wanted to talk to them “Government must talk to reform the LTTE.” If that is not possible, then there is no point in having anything to do with the LTTE.

“Government’s repetition of its intention to talk with the LTTE amounts to deceiving the people of this country,” JVP Leader remarked.

Somawansa Amarasinghe said that time and again JVP has demanded the Government to ban the LTTE, Liberate the Tamils and simultaneously address their grievances separately, but so far the Government has not come forward to do so.

He also added that severe actions should be taken against the print and electronic Medias in Sri Lanka for preaching and propagating separation and divisiveness in the country. He emphasized such media organizations have to be close down and their printing presses sealed.

He reminded preaching and propagating separation and divisiveness in the country is unconstitutional; and severe action must be taken to punish such media organizations.

While talking about punishments for unconstitutional activities, Somawansa Amarasinghe accused the Government for the arrest and detention of Sripathi Sooriyarachchi, MP for the Gampaha district, and a former Minister of the Government.

He pointed out JVP is opposed to all sorts of corruptions. He said that the former Minister Sripathi Sooriyarachchi was arrested and produced before the Fort Additional Magistrate on 17th of this month for alleged misappropriation of a government vehicle which belongs to the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.

If in case Sripathi Sooriyarachchi has committed such an offence as alleged by the Government, then why has the Government failed to take actions against those involved in the massive fraud amounting to a total Rs. 15,000 billion.

He pointed out according to the Committee on Public Enterprise (COPE) report for the period of 2000 to 2006, the fraud has taken place in 26 state enterprises amounting such an astronomical figure of Rs. 15, 000 billion. He also said that the report confirms that ministers of the previous UNP government have used their privileges as ministers to commit frauds and further pointed out the same individuals have been given ministerial berths in the President Rajapakse’s government.

When asked about whether there is any likelihood of former Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera another dissident being arrested by the Government?

Somawansa Amarasinghe said that there is a growing trend within the government perceivable that it has gradually begun to violate the basic democratic principles – Freedom of Expression.

Sripathi Sooriyarachchi a former Minister criticized the Government of wrong doings and arresting him and detaining him is not the answer to his criticisms. Even Mangala Samaraweera too has criticized the Government and it is the duty and responsibility of the Government to give its response to those criticisms leveled against it. Arresting a dissident is a very high handed act, clarified the JVP Leader.

The JVP Leader also said, “When media criticizes and aims allegations against the government, those media institutions are so harassed that they have no other alternatives, but to close down. At the same time state media is misused to deceive the people.”

“The JVP condemns the undemocratic actions of the government and demands that the tendency to frighten people should be done away with.”

While speaking to “Asian Tribune,” JVP leader said, “Who ever commit abductions, extortions, disappearances; it is the government that is responsible for bringing them to a halt.”

Somawansa Amarasinghe emphasized, “Specially, when Tamil civilians are abducted, extorted and made to disappear, the Tamil masses that oppose Tiger terrorism too are pushed towards Tiger organization and the threat of imperialist pro-Tiger forces, that are aiming to send a so-called 'peace keeping" force to Sri Lanka, get an opportunity of using human rights violations to interfere in this country. It is the government that is responsible if such a situation is created.”

Also JVP Leader reminded that Government should come forward to make public the “Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA)” it signed on the 5th of this month.

According to a press statement released by the US Embassy dated 05 March, Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa and U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake signed on 05 March, a logistical agreement between the two countries, providing a framework for increased interoperability.

Subsequently, JVP asked the government to immediately reveal to the country details of the agreement signed on 05 March, between the Ambassador of the USA and Defense Secretary of Sri Lanka.

Earlier, a communiqué issued by the Political Bureau of the JVP expressed that it was concerned regarding the agreement as it includes matters that would influence not only Sri Lanka, but the whole South Asian Region including peace keeping matters.

The communiqué issued earlier by the Political Bureau of the JVP said, “The JVP has been continuously warning regarding a threat of another country or a ‘peace keeping’ force intervening in Sri Lanka manipulating the national question in Sri Lanka and the possibility that this intervention would lead to partition of the country on a communal basis. The JVP has also vehemently opposed the intervention of a peace keeping force in Sri Lanka. When the agreement mentions ‘peace keeping matters’, it fails to mention that Sri Lanka was not included,” states the communiqué issued by the JVP.”

Following the demand to reveal the agreement and make it public, Minister of Information and Media Anura PriyadharshanaYapa at a media meeting held to inform cabinet decisions revealed “The agreement signed with the USA would not harm the sovereignty of the country.”

“Agreements on trade, taxes, defense and exchange of prisoners take place between various countries in the world. The agreement signed with he USA too is one such agreement, “said the Minister Anura PriyadharshanaYapa.

Somawansa Amarasinghe asked if the agreement signed with the USA is not harmful, then why the Government is not coming forward to make it public.

He added, if the Agreement is not obnoxious, then let the Government reveal the Agreement so that the citizens of the country would then decide whether it is beneficial or not to the country.

- Asian Tribune -

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