Opposition Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe challenged the JVP to explain to the people the meaning of ?honourable peace? they had pledged to bring and how they could use their so called ?honourable peace? to stop land mine explosion and the distraction of army personnel.
Addressing the Kandy district UNP branch representatives at D. S. Senanyake Library Auditorium in the afternoon on Saturday (14) Mr. Wickremesinghe accused JVPers for making pledges and statements which could not be implemented.
They only condemn the action of Tigers. More and more condemnations would not solve the problems? he said.
Speaking about the recent general election the UNP leader said that the election campaign in the Kandy District had been exemplary. ?Voters of Kandy had set an example. In the North and East people were deprived of their right of franchise by not allowing them to cast their votes and in some other districts some voters were deprived of their right to vote by removing their names from the voters` lists?, he said and requested those who had been victimized to inform the UNP head quarters.
Mr. Wicjremesinghe also expressed concern that certain statements made by JVPers had been concealed by the media.
?Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the peace process will be consolidated and activated after the arrival of Erik Solhiem. What is the opinion held by Jathika Vimukthi Peramuna who criticized Norwegian peace envoys as white Tigers?
?At the request of the people we signed the ceasefire agreement and paved the path for peace. Road barriers were removed to enable those in the south to go to the North. The economy was developed and we got the support of the people. Seventy two countries and international organizations pledged support to us?, he said.
UNP deputy General Secretary, Tissa Attanayake, Parliamentarian, Keheliya Ramukwella, Kandy Mayor Kesasara Senanayake and parliamentarian Johnston Fernando also spoke.