TULF leader Vinayagamorthy Anandasangaree in a letter to the General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva on Wednesday claimed that the JVP has a clean record of not having not harmed a single Tamil or a Muslim the party had not even thrown on them and no .... inflammatory speeches that could promote dissension among various communities the letter said. Yet, the party has been branded as a communal party opposed to other minority groups. Anandasangaree blamed sections of the Tamil media directly or indirectly controlled by the LTTE for being responsible for this. They do not hesitate to condemn everyone opposed to the views held by the LTTE he said.
`Most people do not know that I am a founder member of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) that was responsible for adopting a resolution at it`s convention in Vadukoddai for the creation of a separate state for Tamils called `Eelam` and soon after adopting that resolution our leader declared that `If a viable alternative is offered, the TULF if satisfied with it, will take it to the people for their approval.` he said.
`For the benefit of the younger generation and to refresh memories of the older ones, I wish to state that the said resolution was adopted under compelling circumstances to show the government that if a solution was not found, the only option Tamils had was to think of separation. The ethnic problem in Sri Lanka gained momentum with the passage of the Sinhala Only Act. The Banda-Chelva pact or five years later the Dudley ? Chelva pact would have solved our problems, if not disrupted. The government`s proposal of 1996 also met with the same fate. After fifty years of agitation we are back at square one. A country that should have been peaceful and a paradise on earth is in shambles and with no hopes of a bright future he said.
Anandasangaree said: `I do not want to blame one party or the other and we must leave it in the hands of the younger generation to find a solution. The present day youth are more educated and more enlightened. They do understand the high principals of democracy. They know what discrimination means and they should feel the pitiable condition in which displaced people are living in camps for over fifteen years. The Muslims sent out of the North are living in more than 125 refugee camps in the Puttalam and Anuradhapura districts. Tamils in the North and East living within LTTE held areas do not enjoy their basic rights. The suffering of the displaced Sinhalese also is a factor that cannot be ignored`.
He said the present day youth should take the responsibility on themselves and unite all forces to arrive at a consensus on the ethnic issue. The demand for Federalism as a solution to the ethnic problem is gaining ground day by day. For the first time in fifty years major political parties in Sri Lanka are putting forward Federalism as an election pledge, to solve the ethnic problem. The UNP and the SLFP have already have declared their stand and left parties had always supported it. It appears that the JHU also is favouring an Indian pattern of devolution.
Ananda Sangaree said that the JVP has declared that if the LTTE gives up its demand for separation, they would also reconsider the position they have taken.
`The Indian pattern of devolution seems to be acceptable to all sections of the people of Sri Lanka` and Ananda Sangaree pleaded with the JVP to also to take an `early decision on this matter without making a historic blunder.` Once the Presidential election is over the details could be worked out `The LTTE should now realise that separation is not now possible and give up its demand for separation` he said stressing that neither the International Community nor India will approve of separation.
Ananda Sangaree assured the JVP that Federalism will never lead to a division of the country and instead it will keep the country united.