Ranawaka asks Fonseka whether he agrees to TNA conditions

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka and JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva whether they were amenable to the conditions laid down by the TNA, especially the North East merger, dismantling of high security zones in Jaffna within 24 hours and the release of hardcore LTTE cadres.

Ranawaka said that the government had information that the meeting between the TNA and General Fonseka had been attended by two Western diplomats. If Fonseka had agreed to the TNA conditions, he was helping the LTTE establish a separate state in Sri Lanka. They all had far-reaching repercussions, he said.

Addressing a press conference at the Mahaweli Centre, Ranawaka said that the government would not dismantle high security zones in a hurry since LTTE bombs, weapons and landmines were still being recovered in the North.

There was an international conspiracy to defeat President Rajapaksa and the government was ready to face face it successfully, he said.

Minister Ranawaka said that the TNA was in shambles when the LTTE was defeated but now the TNA had agreed to support Fonseka. The government was aware of TNA’s ulterior motives because with the assistance of international LTTE groups, the TNA was trying to revive the terrorist group.

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