UPF holds peace campaign in Colombo

[TamilNet, Saturday, 05 April 2003, 15:29 GMT]
The Upcountry People's Front (UPF), a constituent party of the ruling United National Front (UNF) Saturday morning picketed in front of the Fort railway station, in the heart of Colombo, supporting the present peace process and condemning the activities of anti-peace elements.

A large number of people including parliamentarians, provincial councillors, civil group leaders, members of the clergy and several politicians participated in the peace campaign, which was led by the Community Development Minister and the leader of the UPF Mr. P. Chandrasekaran, sources said.

Meanwhile Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe Saturday issued a statement welcoming the peace campaign launched by the UPF.

"No government can develop the economy of the country and raise the living standard of the people until a lasting peace solution for the national conflict is found through peaceful negotiations," said the Prime Minister in his statement.

"We have made remarkable progress in the peace process. However, it is a pity to note that anti-peace elements are actively engaged in attempts to sabotage the peace talks without thinking of the future of the country," the Prime Minister said in his message.

Minister and UPF leader Mr. Chandrasekaran told the participants that some elements have been conducting protests and demonstrations against the Norwegian brokered peace process in the south. This might create some the suspicion among the international community that the majority of people are against the peace process, he said. “I organised this peace satyagraha campaign to assure the international community that majority of the people are for peace and only a handful of politicians are against peace process,” he told those at the campaign.

 

Latest 15 Reports
22.01.21 08:01   Photo
Gotabaya sets up deceptive COI citing ‘sovereignty’ and ‘non-aligned’ foreign policy
18.01.21 23:44   Photo
Tamil activists resisted three sources of outside influence while drafting demands to UNHRC
16.01.21 11:03  
Tamil national parties demand UN to inquire into crime of genocide and set up IIIM
09.01.21 09:37   Photo
Demolition of Tamil genocide monument, fourth emblematic trauma since 1974: Rev Fr Sakthivel
08.01.21 23:51   Photo
Colombo destroys Mu'l'livaaykkaal memorial monument at Jaffna University
07.01.21 11:22   Photo
With emphasis on genocide, Suresh calls for ICC-referral, IIIM and referendum
07.01.21 00:04   Photo
Boyle prefers IIIM demand over ICC-referral, says specific reference to genocide essential
06.01.21 14:26  
Indian Minister of External Affairs Jaishankar trades off Tamils’ sovereign rights
05.01.21 07:08  
TNPF's reluctance, NGO-meddling pose challenges to formulating joint Tamil demands to UN: Shivaji
06.12.20 15:44   Photo
Colombo’s brutal suppression of Tamil Heroes’ Day counter-productive to stated objectives: Tamil MP
27.11.20 16:44   Photo
Occupied Tamil Eelam marks Heroes' Day indoors, SL military detains seminary principal
16.11.20 18:45  
China launches world’s biggest regional trade agreement without Indian participation
31.10.20 10:58  
Tamils risk Kashmir-like status revocation if Gota continues Trinco military cooperation with US
06.10.20 11:40  
Poet Pulamaipithan who championed Tamil Eelam solidarity in Tamil Nadu turns 85
28.09.20 23:19   Photo
Muslims join Tamils opposing Colombo's suppression of Thileepan Remembrance in North
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=8682