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Lanka's opposition party warns international community

The JVP says foreign powers plan to partition the island, reports PK Balachandran.

world Updated: Mar 08, 2007 16:21 IST

The opposition Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has warned that the international community, which is now "meddling" in Sri Lanka's international affairs, has a plan to partition the country.

"The international community has drafted a roadmap for the division of Sri Lanka," Wimal Weerawansa, leader of the JVP in the Sri Lankan parliament told the house on Wednesday.

"They are trying to create a climate for sending UN troops here. So many envoys are coming here to meddle in our affairs. This is a threat to our country. The real power of the Tigers (LTTE) lies in these forces," he said.

"International powers are re-drawing the world map. Look at what happened in Iraq, Sudan , Kosovo, Yugoslavia and Indonesia? The imperialists are creating new, feeble states," he pointed out.

"We are fully supportive of the (government's) military action. But military victories will not translate into a full victory for the state unless and until the international community's interference is ended and the CFA (Ceasefire Agreement with the LTTE) is abolished," Weerawansa said.

"There are many complaints of abduction and disappearance. While the government should be responsible for ending the situation, we should also look at why the international community is so forcefully taking this issue up. The intention is clearly meddling in our affairs."

"If there are human rights violations here, we should solve it ourselves," he said.

US envoy's remark

"The international community is whitewashing the LTTE," Weerawansa alleged.

" The US Ambassador has said that the LTTE would not have attacked the helicopter in Batticaloa if they knew that he was on board. See how they absolve the LTTE of blame!" he pointed out.

Both Weerawansa and the pro-government Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) MP, Ven.Ratana Thero, criticised US Ambassador Robert Blake for saying that the Sri Lankan government should offer a devolution package to the Tamils which went beyond the constitutional proposals made in 2000.

Ratana Thero said that foreign diplomats had no right to prescribe solutions.