JVP praises army, wows to overthrow Ranil govt.
[TamilNet, Monday, 06 January 2003, 23:14 GMT]
The Janata Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Sri Lanka’s
powerful leftist Sinhala party, Monday praised the
stand taken by the Sri Lanka army’s northern command
on the question of high security zones in Jaffna and
accused Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of
conspiring with the Liberation Tigers to divide the
island according to a secret pact. The JVP is the
second largest opposition party in Sri Lanka’s
Addressing a press conference Monday morning in
downtown Colombo, the party’s propaganda secretary,
Mr. Wimal Weerawanse, charged that the Prime Minister
had made a secret pact with the LTTE while he (the PM)
was the leader of the opposition and that he is now
trying to dismantle the high security zones (HSZ) in
Jaffna according to this secret agreement.
| JVP’s propaganda secretary Mr. Wimal Weerawanse, addressing the press conference, Monday.|
Mr. Weerawanse claimed that Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mr. Jon Westborg was removed from his post
because the JVP, President Kumaratunga and the
Buddhist clergy protested against his interference in
Sri Lanka’s internal affairs.
“The Sri Lankan security forces took a bold stand on
the issue of removing the HSZs in the north. But we
are not sure whether even they can hold their ground
in the face of agreements which the United National
Front government may reach with the LTTE on this
matter during the course of the current peace talks”,
Mr. Weerawanse said.
“Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is trying to
imitate the style of LTTE leader. The background and
arrangements for his address to the nation on Sunday
was fashioned after the setting for the LTTE leader’s
great heroes’ day speech last November”, he added.
That PM had to address the nation at this juncture
showed that the UNF government is facing a crisis,
according to the JVP leader. He said that the UNF
government had not done anything for the people during
its year long rule.
The press conference was called to explain the JVP’s
‘Jana Bala’ (People’s Power) rally to be held in
Colombo on Wednesday in protest against the peace
talks, the rising cost of living and privatization.
Mr. Weerawanse wowed there would be many mass
agitations like Jana Bala in the future which would
eventually lead to the overthrow of the UNF
The JVP failed to capture power in 1971 and 1989
through bloody insurrections. Thousands of Sinhala
youth were killed when the Sri Lankan security forces
brutally suppressed the rebellions.