The JVP warned the US Deputy State Secretary Steven Mann who arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday, that no one had the right to violate the sovereignty of Sri Lanka at any time.
Mr. Mann has been sent by President George W. Bush following a request made by the US Congress to look at alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka.This warning was given by JVP Parliamentary Group Leader Wimal Weerawansa who made a special statement in Parliament yesterday.
He called on Mr. Mann to leave no room for the party to treat him as a person who had been sent to compromise the sovereignty of the nation.
`Sri Lanka may be a poor nation but no rich country will be able to buy its sovereignty,` he said.
Mr. Weerawansa said the JVP was not only concerned about human rights violations in Sri Lanka but such violations in other countries as well. In this context he said actions carried out by the US and its allies in Iraq had been identified as the gravest of human rights violations while there have been certain attacks on Muslims in retaliation after the bomb explosions in Britain.
`We Sri Lankans who do not have a vested interest are more concerned about these human rights violations much more than Mr. Mann,` he said.
While stating that the JVP would not approve any human right violations taking place in Sri Lanka he said allowing the separatist terrorists to decide on the fate of the nation is not safeguarding human rights.
He said people are compelled to welcome the emergency and other laws pertaining to eradicating terrorism as it was important to save this country from the separatists and not because they have a special liking for the emergency.
The JVP Parliamentary Group Leader also said that Sri Lanka should not accept foreign mediation as long as such mediation was made with vested interests.
Citing history he said the British used false allegations against the Sinhala kings as an excuse to invade Sri Lanka. He made this point by quoting from the book `Ceylon` written by Henry Marshal who had worked for the British Army during that period.