Thursday, December 15, 2005

UNP blames Government of Sri Lanka for increased tension in North-East

The United National Party of Sri Lanka (the largest political party in Sri Lanka) said that the current government is fully responsible for the increased state of tension prevailing in the Tamil homeland.

Further it called up on the Marxist extreme nationalist JVP and the Buddhist extremist JHU; allies of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to express their stand on a possible political solution to the ethnic conflict that has engulfed the island for several decades. It also requested the concerned parties to make it clear if the agreements signed between the JVP, JHU and Mahinda Rajapaksa prior to the election would be followed, or whether any of the parties have changed their respective policies.

The comments were made at a press conference held at the UNP office on Thursday.

The UNP also took the opportunity to criticise Rajapaksa’s scare mongering tactics during the presidential campaign. References were made to the Rajapaksa camp claiming that there was a secret deal between the UNP and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to divide the island.

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