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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

"Once a federal state is established it is irreparable,

[b]"Once a federal state is established it is irreparable," - JHU [/b]

By our Correspondent in Colombo.

[b] JHU supports Mahinda – JVP agreement [/b]

[b]Colombo, 07 September, ([/b]The JHU has pledged support to the Mahinda – JVP accord and will support the SLFP by signing an agreement today with the Premier for the forthcoming Presidential elections Udaya Gammanpila, Policy Formulator, Policy Formulator and the legal advisor of the Jathika Hela Urumaya speaking to the “Asian Tribune” said that the core issue of the forthcoming elections is whether Sri Lanka should be a unitary or a federal state. “Presently there is a polarisation in the society of the ‘should be governmental structure’, because some think the ideal set up is a federal state, whereas the others say it should be unitary,” he said.

He said that JHU is totally against the UNP party candidate seeking for a mandate to set up a federal state and will support the Mahinda – JVP agreement as it will secure a unitary Sri Lanka.

“Until this Presidential election none of the parties sought a mandate to establish a federal set up in this country, but for Mr. Wickremasinghe, who has said that he will seek a mandate for a federal state. Therefore we will not support the UNP, but will back the agreement between the Prime Minister and the JVP,” he said. Gammanpila said Wickremasinghe claiming to set up a federal state and agreeing to establish P-TOMS is a serious issue, which will tend to back ‘separatist ideas’.

“All parties who support a unitary system should come together to field Mahinda Rajapakse to secure a unitary state. We endorse and welcome the move by the premier and the JVP and believe that this is a progressive attempt to defeat federalism,” he said.

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