While President Chandrika Kumaratunga was making preparations for a meeting with foreign diplomats to brief them on the proposed Joint Mechanism (JM) between the government and the LTTE, the UPFA coalition ally JVP fired an anti-JM propaganda salvo yesterday, vowing to defeat the government plans.
The JVP says that with the proposed joint mechanism between the government and the LTTE, the former has acknowledged the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as the sole representatives of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. That position, it said, is not acceptable to them and also to democratic Tamil politicians in the country.
The JVP said the government?s acknowledgement would also endorse the long time demand of the LTTE that they be recognized as the sole representatives of the Sri Lankan Tamils. It said the National Committee would comprise one LTTE member, one Muslim and one representative of the government, while the regional committees would have five LTTE members, three Muslims and two government representatives - and LTTE members would preside in all committees. A senior JVPer said: `It is not acceptable`
President Chandrika Kumaratunga has so far failed to get any support for the joint mechanism from her government?s main coalition partner, the JVP, while the main opposition, the United National Party, has declined to participate in any discussions.
In an effort to brief the diplomatic community on the proposed joint mechanism between her government and the LTTE, President Kumaratunga has invited all envoys for a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 5 p.m at the Presidential Secretariat. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, who is away in Geneva, is expected be present at the meeting.
The JHU and the JVP have already commenced their campaigns against the proposed joint mechanism. The latter is expected to hold a massive rally tomorrow at the Town Hall ground in Colombo.
Meanwhile, Champika Ranawaka of the JHU told ?The Island? that his party was educating the masses on the ill-effects of the joint mechanism.
`We have heard that the President is going to sign the agreement on or before May 15. If that is true, we will intensify our campaign against it,` said Ranawaka. However, the senior JVP member said that the President would not be able to sign the document on May 15.