The JVP last week expressed its belief that the prime purpose of this week`s Geneva talks is to ensure that there are no second class citizens in this country who are denied the most fundamental of freedoms and rights.
In a statement welcoming the Geneva meeting it said that the purpose of these talks `is to free the people in parts of the Northern and Eastern provinces now under oppression so that our brothers and sisters there can talk freely without fear of repercussions, can associate freely including with other ethnic groups and can be sure that their children will not be kidnapped and used as cannon fodder.`
`In freeing the oppressed people under a dictatorial jackboot, Geneva can free all the people in the country and can become a historical beacon for prosperity in the country,` the statement said.
The following is the text of the politbureau statement read out at the conference by JVP leader Somawansa Amerasinghe.:
`During the last few days our sovereign country, the parties constituting the government in power, as well as all democratic parties within the country have been preparing for the negotiations in Geneva. The JVP looks at these preparations with satisfaction as fulfilling the mandate given by the free exercise of the vote.
`JVP stands for a multicultural, multi ethnic and multi religious society in Sri Lanka without any ethnic or religious borders. The JVP observes that examples of such societies without any ethnic or religious borders exist from the United States and Cuba in the Western Hemisphere to Singapore and Australia in the Eastern Hemisphere.
`The JVP believes that all parts of Sri Lanka are the traditional homelands of all its constituent ethnic and religious groups. The JVP also stands for the full expression of the democratic rights and human freedoms of all the people in Sri Lanka. The JVP also notes the mandate given in the recent presidential election for a unitary state, rejection of artificially constructed, invented so-called traditional homelands and for the free exercise of democratic and human freedoms.
`The JVP also notes the current consensus all over the world to reject terrorism, that is, to reject attacks on civilian noncombatants as a means of settling disputes. The talks in Geneva the JVP believes are to implement the local electoral mandate and the global consensus rejecting terrorism.
`The JVP believes that during the war begun in the 1970s and lasting for nearly 30 years, tens of thousands have unnecessarily died. We must put a stop to this. The people who have suffered the most in this war have been those in the Northern and Eastern provinces.
`Running away from the war and the erosion of democracy that prevails in some of these parts, large numbers of Tamils have settled in the Western Province or have emigrated to foreign countries. Those who have settled within Sri Lanka have been welcome by other ethnic groups and live lives giving expression to all their freedoms and democratic rights.
`The JVP regrets those who have left the country and earnestly wishes them to return to build up our common future. The JVP believes that the meeting in Geneva should be to remove whatever impediments there are for the exercise of their rights for all the people of Sri Lanka.
`The JVP observes that in Sri Lanka unlike many other countries full language and religious rights have been granted to the different ethnic groups in Sri Lanka, for example there are three recognized languages in the country. The greatest impediment for progress in the country has been the existence of a dictatorial regime that in the fashion of a Hitler chases away other ethnic groups while at the same time crushing all the democratic freedoms and human rights including the rights of innocent children of the one mono ethnic group that it allows. All opposition is brutally crushed in the fashion of a Pol Pot.
`The JVP believes that the prime purpose of the Geneva talks is to ensure that there are no second class citizens in this country who are denied the most fundamental of freedoms and rights. In welcoming the Geneva talks (the JVP desire) is to free the people in parts of the Northern and Eastern provinces now under oppression so that our brothers and sisters there can vote freely, can talk freely without fear of repercussions, can associate freely including with other ethnic groups and can be sure that their children will not be kidnapped and used as cannon fodder.
`In freeing the oppressed people under a dictatorial jackboot, Geneva can free all the people in the country and can become a historical beacon for prosperity in the country.`