While Norwegian facilitators indicated that the deal for a joint mechanism between the government and the LTTE was wrapped up, the JVP warned yesterday that such a deal would mean the end of the road for the UPFA government.
JVP Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa in one of the strongest warnings and toughest attacks on the proposed joint mechanism said it would do more damage to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country than the Ceasefire Agreement of the former UNF government.
`The Ceasefire Agreement was a gross violation of the territorial integrity of the country by demarcating part of land as the LTTE territory. The joint mechanism will go a step further as it will see the government sharing its supreme power to handle finances with the Tigers,` Mr. Weerawansa told the Daily Mirror.
He said the JVP believed the joint mechanism was being pushed to achieve the sinister agendas of certain Western players, NGOs and their agents in the government.
`As long as the JVP is there nobody will be able to make this betrayal a reality` Mr. Weerawanasa vowed.
Meanwhile, JHU Secretary Champika Ranawaka said yesterday that as long as the nationalist forces were alert, the joint mechanism would be only a dream for the LTTE and their international agents who were trying to give legitimacy to terrorism.
He said President Chandrika Kumaratunga would never be able or allowed to set up this joint mechanism.
Mr. Ranawaka asked the international community why it was pressurizing Sri Lanka to set up a joint mechanism with the LTTE while not asking the Indonesian government to set up a joint mechanism with the rebels in the tsunami-devastated Aceh province.
Adding to the controversy SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem said yesterday his party would reject the joint mechanism if the Muslims community was not given fair representation.