The UNP yesterday accused the Government of signing a secret deal with the United States similar to the secret deal it allegedly clinched with the Tigers to disarm all paramilitary groups including the Karuna Group in the North and the East.
UNP Kandy District Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella told a news conference yesterday `the Rajapaksa brothers` had signed the secret deal with the US and that he would reveal details of the deal during the next session of Parliament. He said the party would request a debate in the House on the issue.
Referring to the alleged Mahinda - LTTE secret pact Mr. Kiriella said the Geneva talks in February last year were part of it. In terms of this pact he said the government had agreed to disarm all paramilitary groups including Karuna fraction. He said the statement that was issued by the government at the end of the Geneva talks was proof of it. The statement said the government was willing to safeguard the CFA and to disarm all military forces that were operating in the North and the East.
Mr. Kiriella also charged that the government had given a large sum of money to the LTTE to withdraw from the East. He said the Government had not denied this so far. `If the allegation is false why doesn`t the government deny it?` he questioned.
Touching on the disappearances and violations of Human Rights the UNP Parliamentarian said the government was losing the battle with the international community because of the bad Human Rights record. `The situation has become grave today as Ministers are expected to go before the Human Rights Commission. In such a context Sri Lanka has become the most dangerous country to live in,` he said.