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JVP wants PM to reveal his stance on P-TOMS
Thursday, 30 June 2005 - 2:48 AM SL Time
The JVP wants Premier Mahinda Rajapakse to state his stand on the recently finalised Joint Mechanism or Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS).
The JVP recently signalled that they were ready to forge an alliance with Rajapakse to defeat what the party described as a compiracy to divide the country on ethnic lines.
JVP parliamentary group leader Wimal Weerawansa, in a letter delivered to Temple Trees on Tuesday said, `... no one could remain silent on this treasonable document anymore. Without coming out fearlessly against this treasonable act we can`t move forward,` Weerawansa said while expressing the belief that Rajapakse would reveal what he termed as Rajapakse`s honest opinion.
Claiming that the document tabled in parliament last Friday and the actual agreement finalised in Kilinochchi differed. Weerawansa urged Rajapakse to make available a copy of the genuine document to MPs when parliament next meets on July 5.
Weerawansa emphasised that there wouldn`t be a political future for anyone without rejecting `the seditious act committed by President Chandrika Kumaratunga.` He acknowledged that the Premier and the majority of the MPs had been powerless and had there been an opportunity for them to check the document the situation would have been better.
Weerawansa claimed that a copy of the actual P-TOMS document was not even made available to the Premier despite his being the number two in the UPFA hierarchy.
Acknowledging that President Kumaratunga briefed partners on a few occasions, the actual P-TOMS document wasn`t seen by the Premier or by anyone known to the JVP until now.
In his four-page letter, Weerawansa has rejected the so-called aid sharing deal while reminding Premier Rajapakse that the government had fully accepted the Cease-Fire Agreement of February 2002 rejected by the SLFP and the JVP in the run up to the last parliamentary election.
He also warned that the deal would prompt the Tamils, Muslims and the Sinhalese living in the northern and eastern provinces to look towards the Kilinochchi-based LTTE-run mechanism to implement the P-TOMS. This would have far reaching consequences, he said while expressing the belief that the LTTE taking charge at all levels of the mechanism would be inevitable.
The JVP harshly criticised the decision to declare the LTTE set-up in Kilinochchi as the centre to handle international tsunami funds under the supervision of an international lending agency believed to be the World Bank.
Weerawansa claimed that the P-TOMS was worse than former Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe`s CFA. (SF)
'JVP got P-TOMS copy early'
JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe on Sunday claimed that they obtained a copy of the P-TOMS agreement before it was presented in parliament last Friday. Amarasinghe made this claim at a public meeting at Nittambuwa.
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|30 Jun 2005 10:22:05 GMT Report for Abuse
|JVP are isolated, JVP want war soo that they can pocket some money on arm deal Or commision from arm dealers. singhalese or tamils or muslims dont want war. that is the reality.
weerwanse is a thug, people will soon understand this JVP.
Tamils dont trust Mahinda and we know what is his views are. the reson he keep quite chandrika assured him he will be the next Prez candidate.
he betteroff joining JHU and wear a robe.
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|30 Jun 2005 13:05:12 GMT Report for Abuse
|What stand you are talkin about?
PM does't know whether he is standing or seated.
This guy, not suitable for even a deputy minister post, now holding the PM post.
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|30 Jun 2005 14:31:25 GMT Report for Abuse
|Yeah, Mahinda has been super quiet so too long. I think he is against the PTOMS, but he cant voice his opinion because of CBK. But he should be honest, like Premadasa was against the Indian PeaceKeepers when he was the PM under JR.
Mahinda should get a backbone and voice his opinion.
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|30 Jun 2005 15:24:33 GMT Report for Abuse
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By Frances Harrison in Colombo
Saturday, 18 August, 2001, 14:41 GMT 15:41 UK
The commander of the Sri Lankan army, Lieutenant-General Lionel Balagalle, has strongly denied allegations that he demanded a bribe to approve an arms deal.
The denial was sent to the Sunday Leader newspaper, which first published the story alleging the commander and two brigadiers had demanded more than $500m in kickback.
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