The JVP yesterday cautioned the government over its unexpected decision to facilitate overland movement of urgently needed supplies to Jaffna through the Muhamalai gateway.
The JVP Politburo warned President Mahinda Rajapakse of the possibility of the LTTE taking advantage of the re-opening while the UNP welcomed the Rajapakse`s initiative. The decision was made amidst growing international concern over food shortage in the peninsula.
Government spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the road would be re-opened for a specific purpose. `We will move the supplies through the Muhamalai gateway with the co-operation of international agencies,` he said.
The JVP urged the government to secure a guarantee, from the international community, that the LTTE would not take advantage of the re-opening. The JVP said the government should take the full responsibility if the Tigers, who are notorious for reneging promises, make use of this opportunity to destabilise the Jaffna peninsula and commence terror activities.
It warned that the terrorists would use this god given opportunity to recommence collecting taxes for the transportation of commodities to the North, by the ordinary masses for their day to day use, which is a major source of their income to purchase weapons, transportation of arms and ammunition to the North and movement of cadres. It added that the Tigers generate millions of rupees a day by way of taxes and the international agents under the `label` co-chairs are openly supporting the Tigers to achieve this by asking the government to reopen the A-9..
A spokesman for the party said that `The talks between the government and the LTTE failed because the latter refused to re-open the A-9 and the Tigers were demanding that it should be opened.
The Government is under the clutches of these international forces operating here wearing the `humanitarian` label and the decision to re ?open the roadway is a clear example of this.`
He said the Tigers themselves closed the A-9 road prior to the signing the bogus Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) on February 22 2002 and these International elements shed tears saying that the people of Jaffna were starving. They never forced the LTTE to reopen the road, he said. But today, when the government closed the A-9 in order to defend the Jaffna peninsula from the terrorists, the food shortage has become the key issue for these international elements, he pointed out.
The government was forced close the roadway on August 11 this year, after the LTTE kept on shelling the Muhamalai check point and completely destroyed the infrastructure making it impossible to facilitate any civilian movement, he said.
Although the government offered alternate arrangements to address the food shortage in the North these bogus international organisations didn`t support this idea, but forced the government to re-open the A-9 in order to help the Tigers, he said adding that the USA, EU, Japan and Norway, under the bogus name board ` Co-Chairs` are bent on destabilising the country systematically.
`These international agents have been able to force the government to open the A-9 due to the fact the bogus CFA is still in force. While this will have serious implications on the security of the country, the Tigers will be able to implement their hidden agenda under the pretext of humanitarian causes,` he said.
Meanwhile, Gampaha district parliamentarian Dr. Jayalath Jayawardane yesterday hailed the government`s move to reopen the A-9 to facilitate the transportion of food to the people in the North. He said A-9 which was closed for more than 10 years by the LTTE was reopened when Ranil Wickremesinghe was Prime Minister. It was again closed by the present government.