by Wijitha Nakkawita and Dilanthi Jayamanne
JVP leader Wimal Weerawansa yesterday said it was clear that the
LTTE had adopted a policy of provocation and they were now attempting in various
ways to provoke the people of the south as they were now losing the sympathy of
the Tamil people.
Speaking at a press conference held at the Parliamentary complex
yesterday (1), Weerawansa said during the past few weeks the LTTE, through its
proxies, the ITAK members in Parliament, had tried to provoke the people of the
south by making inflammatory speeches in Parliament. In these speeches the ITAK
had tried to give the impression that the JVP were behind the Trincomalee
He said the so-called heroes day speech by LTTE leader Prabhakaran,
calling for the resumption of peace talks based on the ISGA and the speech made by
LTTE spokesman Anton Balasingham contradicted each other.
Balasingham, the speech writer of the LTTE, had said in London
that the ISGA was only a stepping stone to a separate state and the LTTE had put
in place all the organizational structures for it. If the ISGA is conceded it
would help the LTTE to gain international recognition for a separate state, Wimal
Weerawansa said the LTTE was losing the sympathy of the European
nations and as it was now necessary for them to regain that sympathy and that was
their reason for attempting to provoke the people of the south to act in a violent
manner against the Tamil people.
He said the recent LTTE act of puting up posters bearing
Prabhakaran’s portrait at the Hilda Obeysekara Hall at the Peradeniya University
was an attempt to provoke the students, but the effort failed.
They were also trying to show that the incidents in Trincomalee
were caused by the JVP. The JVP was always opposed to racial violence and appealed
to the public not to be provoked by the acts committed by the LTTE and its support
groups. The LTTE was losing the support of the Tamil people of the North and East
and was now trying to cause violence against the people they claim to represent.
While the LTTE leader and Anton Balasingham make statements that contradict each
other the UNP still asks the government to resume talks with the LTTE, based on
ISGA proposals. The UPFA government does not lay down any pre-conditions for peace
talks. All sections are concerned with the problem. The LTTE, other Tamil
political groups, Muslims and all other parties will be consulted to arrive at a
negotiated solution to the national question. But pre-conditions are an obstacle
to reopening the talks, he said.
The JVP is not opposed to a negotiated settlement but only opposed
to the LTTE pre-conditions. Therefore the JVP appeals to the people not to be
misled by the LTTE propaganda and the provocative speeches made by ITAK members
and exercise restraint and patience in not resorting to any violence against any
ethnic group. If violence is created in the country the LTTE which is loving
credibility at home and abroad will gain their end of creating the background to
set up a separate state, he said.