As the government went in to crucial discussions for the resumption of peace talks with the LTTE, an important ally the JHU yesterday took a tough line against the Tigers. JHU leader Ven. Ellawala Medhananda Thera told a news conference the LTTE should agree to end violence and respect the ceasefire agreement.
He said an internationally monitored investigation should be launched into LTTE claims of a homeland and the right of the Tamil people to self determination there.
The monk said if the country was proved to be the motherland of one particular race then the LTTE had no basis for its claim.
The monk urged the government not to be intimidated by LTTE terrorism and enter into any patchwork solution.
He said that by agreeing to hold talks with the LTTE in Oslo or in some other country the government would be agreeing with the LTTE claim of the northeast being a separate state.He condemned the government`s decision to provide a military helicopter and other special security for LTTE negotiator Anton Balasingham. JHU Parliamentary group leader, Ven. Aturaliye Ratana Thera said there were attempts by local and international forces to get down UN peace keeping troops to Sri Lanka after the first round of talks and this could be harmful to the unity and sovereignty of the country.