TNA acceptable to JVP, sees no harm in one-time LTTE proxy joining Opp. alliance

JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that political parties which had been under LTTE pressure could now engage in politics freely and their right should not be denied.

Addressing the media on Wednesday (January 6), at JVP headquarters, Silva said that these political parties had either directly or indirectly received LTTE orders but eradication of the group last May would give a fresh opportunity to them. He asserted that the JVP could be on the same stage with the TNA in a post-LTTE era and work towards a common objective.

He was responding to a query whether the JVP could cohabit with the LTTE proxy TNA.

Silva said that the joint Opposition was concerned about the situation in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, particularly the Vanni region where the final battles were fought.

Dismissing accusations that the Opposition presidential candidate General (Retd) Sarath Fonseka had discussed either devolution of power or the 13th Amendment to the Constitution with the TNA as alleged by the government, Silva said they realised the urgent need to restore normalcy. He accused the government of failing in its responsibility to provide for the long suffering people of the Northern and Eastern Provinces. He said that the war displaced was being held in camps away from Vavuniya though the government claimed to have released all civilians.

Silva said now that the LTTE was no longer a factor, the military could review its position with regard to High Security Zones (HSZs) in the Jaffna peninsula. He said that some areas could be excluded from existing HSZs to facilitate the restoration of civil life in the peninsula.

Government spokesman Media Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa yesterday declined to comment on the possibility of some of the politicians, now with the Opposition switching allegiance to President Mahinda Rajapaksa after the forthcoming presidential election. He was responding to The Island query whether a faction of the TNA led by its leader R. Sampanthan could side with the ruling coalition ahead of the forthcoming parliamentary elections. He side-stepped the issue, while emphasising the importance of politics which could re-build the country instead of politics at the expense of the nation.

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