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JM should encompass all ethnic groups - JVP

Courtesy The Island 26-05-2005

JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe, who met Japanese special peace envoy Yasushi Akashi in Tokyo last Tuesday (24), said the proposed Joint Mechanism should encompass all the ethnic groups of the country, the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim in rebuilding the tsunami devastated areas in the North and East. The important question to consider was how the elected representatives of the people were going sit to work together a with a group of terrorists who had no mandate from the people.

A press release issued by the JVP yesterday said Amarasinghe asked Akashi what the objectives of the Joint Mechanism was and the latter replied it was for the purpose of rehabilitation of the tsunami devastated areas of the North and East. Amarasinghe then pointed out the government was already engaged in the rehabilitation of these areas and questioned why the international community was interested in a mechanism which would certainly not be a impetus to achieving peace but would only give undue credit to the LTTE for a programme of work that is being implemented without their assistance.

Amarasinghe also queried why the international community was not emphasising on the principles enshrined in the Tokyo declaration though the JVP did not agree with some of the principles embodied in it and pointed out the LTTE had still not given up recruiting children for their fighting cadre nor has it accepted pluralism of political parties but continued violation of human rights among other undemocratic acts, the release said.

Amarasinghe also told Akashi that the JVP stood for a political solution to the armed conflict in the North and East and was prepared to cooperate with any impartial and judicious political solution to the conflict. He also met senior ministers of the Government of Japan and discussed the strengthening of good relations between the two countries the release added.



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