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Don’t support TRO to further LTTE cause: JVP

Leader of the JVP Somawansa Amarasinghe requested UN Secretary General to consider the LTTE front organisation TRO (Tamil Relief Organization) as a ‘child kidnapper’ and to channel all relief aid through proper and legitimate channels.

"Please pay the utmost serious heed to the fears expressed by the Canadian Government that funds raised by the TRO for tsunami sufferers would be used not for relief, but for buying armaments for the LTTE," the JVP leader said in his meeting with the UN Secretary General Annan at the President’s House on Saturday (08) where Annan met with the leaders of the political parties.

He indicated that the TRO had involved in raiding orphanages and camps of displaced tsunami victims to capture orphans to conscript them. "The local UNICEF issuing toothless pious statements denouncing such acts (as they have done on many enough occasions) is not of any use while other UN organs through their aid help prop up this obnoxious regime," he said.

The JVP leader said the international community has an obligation now to ‘stand up to what they advocate on democracy, free elections, human rights, free speech, the rule of law, accountability, transparency and the rights of children’ by helping the government to dismantle the terrorist outfit.

"Although the LTTE initially spread a canard that aid was not coming through, they had to relent in the face of gross disbelief. In fact, their unelected proxies the TNA announced in Parliament their appreciation of ordinary Sinhalese and Muslims rushing to help their Tamil brethren. We believe in our efforts to rebuild and regain our country.

The United Nations can usher in democracy, free elections, human rights, free speech, the rule of law, accountability, transparency and the rights of children to those unliberated areas. The examples that come readily to mind are how the UN and Western powers after World War II, helped rebuild Germany and Japan after their cities were razed to the ground, while at the same time replacing their fascist dictatorial regimes with democracy," he said.

He thanked UN, India, USA, the EU, Japan and China for extending assistance when the disaster hit the country. (JA)

 

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