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

Rajapakse agreement a straightforward challenge .......

[b]Rajapakse agreement a straightforward challenge Ranil Wickremesinghe[/b]

From our Colombo Correspondent

[b]Colombo, 06 September, ([/b] The 12-point agreement endorsed by the presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapakse and the JVP stands in stark contrast to the UNP policies on major national issues. This presents a clear cut alternative to the voters in the forthcoming presidential election.

The agreement, as seen is designed to reverse both P-TOMS halted by the Supreme Court and the failed Cease fire Agreement of Ranil Wickremesinghe. The agreement, as it stands, now is an open challenge to Ranil Wickremesinghe’s political agenda.

Six of the major issues in the agreement state categorically that:

1. the Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS) will not be “reactivated, enforced or implemented” and instead “a new programme shall be formulated” to deliver assistance to the tsunami victims “through the assistance and intervention of the government”.

2. it is necessary to hold negotiations not only with the LTTE but also with all other relevant parties “to resolve the national question” without granting, in the meantime, any Interim Self-Governing Authority, or holding negotiations with the LTTE on this basis until “a lasting solution is agreed.”

3. the unitary nature of the Sri Lankan State will be protected, defended and preserved under any formulated solution.

4. Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Cease Fire Agreement (February 22, 2002) “shall be reviewed and revised fully and completely redone to remove and eliminate all the clauses which are prejudicial and harmful to the national security and foster and nurture separatism and are inconsistent with the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

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