In a scathing attack on the SLMM, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday said that the truce monitors do not have any role to play in the country, as the LTTE has already turned the Cease-Fire Agreement (CFA) into a `document in tatters`.
?They might as well leave the country,? JVP Parliamentary Group Leader Wimal Weerawansa told the Daily Mirror.
Mr. Weerawansa said that if the members of the SLMM are still sticking here, as they are `unemployed in their own countries`, they can gainfully engage in raiding `kasippu` dens in the country, but not to monitor the ceasefire in the North and East.
He said this in response to the SLMM allegation that the Government`s retaliatory attack on the LTTE at Sampur, was a complete violation of the CFA and noted that the SLMM should choose either to leave or raid illicit liquor dens.
?Sri Lanka is a sovereign State after 1948 and its government, elected by the people`s mandate, has power and authority vested by its Constitution, to act accordingly, to safeguard national security, territorial integrity and its sovereignty. The Sampur attack was carried out by virtue of the afore-vested power and authority,? Mr. Weerawansa said, while noting that the Government is only accountable to the Constitution and not to a so-called CFA.
He also pointed out that President George W. Bush attacked Iraq and Afghanistan, which was not within American territory, after the World Trade Centre attack and the British army opened fire at an innocent civilian, without even confirming he was a terrorist, after serial bomb attacks in London, in order to safeguard their own country.
?Likewise, the Government of Sri Lanka also has its own right to protect the country and safeguard its people. The Sampur attack was carried out completely under this right. The so-called CFA, which is a total fraud, cannot challenge that right whatsoever,? he said.
Mr. Weerawansa also charged that the SLMM is accusing the Government of violating a non-existent CFA, when it takes security measures to safeguard national security, instead of directly accusing the Tigers of the attempted assassination on the Army Commander.