UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya, in a statement issued yesterday on the present post-war scenario in Sri Lanka, said that the country stood at a crossroads `One path leads to growth, prosperity and heralding of true peace and the other to our collective destruction and that of all which we hold sacred,` he said.
Excerpts of the statement: `The Government might have eliminated terrorism in one form, but continues to perpetuate the legacies of terrorism, a form of terrorism, on hundreds of thousands of our own people, long after the LTTE is dead and gone.
How do we sleep at night, knowing that 280,000 people remain interned behind barbed wire fences in the North. How do we engage in religious devotions with the knowledge that mothers are separated from their children, that fathers go missing in the night, that dozens are falling ill or dying every day?
If there were 1,000 rebels or rebel sympathisers inside Menik Farm in May, the degrading treatment of these people has surely resulted in that number growing larger in the last five months.
It wounds me deeply that I supported this Government to bring about a better day for Sri Lanka and that it has managed to make its only success in that last five years into a bitter ignominy for all Sri Lankans standing on the side of righteousness.Inside those barbed wire fences, whose distance from us ensures our indifference, could reside Sri Lanka s next Muthiah Muralitharan, its next Lakshman Kadirgamar. And each day he spends inside ensures the extinguishing of his hopes and the death of his dreams, impoverishing all us, Sri Lankans in the long run.
We promised them freedom from LTTE terror we promised them peace we waged war in their name. In breaking all those promises, we have shown ourselves incapable once more of rapprochement and reconciliation. To make matters worse, duly elected Members of Parliament are not allowed to visit the camps or beyond Medawachiya, if they happen to represent the Opposition. Where is democracy? This is the worst ever insult to Parliament.`