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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Somawansa's insult to the Army, Prime Minister should make..

[b]Somawansa's insult to the Army, Prime Minister should make a public apology[/b]

[b]Colombo, 24 September: [/b]The statement JVP Leader Somawansa Amarasinghe has made in front of Mahinda Rajapakse, Presidential candidate that the Army should be sent home amounts to an insult to the Sri Lanka Army and therefore the Prime Minister should make a public apology to the nation, Tissa Attanayake, Deputy General Secretary, UNP said on Thursday.

The Army has meticulously worked to establish national security, but the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna who perpetrated the jungle law in this country has demeaned the Sri Lanka Army, Attanayake said at a press conference held at the Colombo of Office of the Leader of the Opposition.

Mr Mahinda Rajapakse is contesting with the hope of becoming the President and if Mr Rajapakse dissociate with the statement of Mr Amarasinghe which was an order, the Prime Minister should make a public apology, Mr Attanayake said.

He said that the UNP thoroughly deplores the said statement and that it was a huge insult to the Army that worked relentlessly to ensure the national security, sovereignty and integrity of the country.

UNP spokesman, Prof G L Peiris, who also joined the press briefing said that the UNP has positively responded to the advice (Anusasanawa) made by the Viharadhipathy Nayake Thero of the Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya that to find solutions for all the problems of the country the two main political parties should join hands to come to consensus.

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