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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

Vote for Mahinda Rajapakse to amend the ceasefire agreement

[b]Vote for Mahinda Rajapakse to amend the ceasefire agreement to include all Tamil Parties – Colonel Karuna.[/b]

[b]London, 14 November, ( [/b]Mahinda Rajapakse has said he will make changes to the ceasefire agreement with the LTTE. This is an important issue for us. He has also said that he will commence talks with all parties to find a solution to the ethnic problem. This too is important for us. It will be impossible to implement an agreement which acknowledges LTTE as the sole representative of the Tamils. A complete and true agreement on a solution to the Sri Lankan ethnic problem is possible only if it includes all the Tamil parties. For these reasons, Venayagamoorthy Muralitharan, nom de guerre Colonel Karuna or Colonel Karuna Amman said his party has decided to support Mahinda Rajapakse in the forthcoming Presidential Election

The Tamileelam Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) headed by Vinagamoorthy Muralitharan has appealed to the Tamil voters not to boycott Thursday’s Presidential Election in Sri Lanka. The former LTTE Special Commander for Ampara Batticaloa made the appeal in an interview broadcast over the London based Tamil Broadcasting Corporation which is now relayed in Sri Lanka over the state owned Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

In a wide ranging interview, Karuna Amman said that the Presidential Election comes at a time when the North East Tamils are disillusioned over the continuing stalemate in finding a solution to the ethnic problem and demoralised by the widespread destruction caused by tsunami. Tamils, he said, had been cheated over the years. It is ritual for the Sinhala leaders to give promises during elections and later conveniently forgetting them. Leading Presidential candidates Ranil Wickremasinghe and Mahinda Rajapakse have been giving all sorts of promises during this election campaign, he said.

Ranil Wickremasinghe, he said, has promised to re-start the dialogue with the LTTE. But the pact he made with the LTTE only enabled it to kill its perceived enemies. That pact cannot be called a ceasefire agreement. Ranil Wickremasinghe entered into the ceasefire agreement with the LTTE for his own purposes. Therefore, it is wrong to believe Ranil’s promise to re-start talks with the LTTE.

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