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Lankan party flays US interference

world Updated: Oct 28, 2008 01:11 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
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The radical Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) on Monday said that the United States was meddling in Sri Lankan affairs and, along with India, was attempting to usher in a dual imperialistic regime in the region.

The party said no other country had the right to spell out for Lanka how to resolve the ongoing ethnic conflict.

The Left party was referring to remarks made by the US ambassador to Sri Lanka, Robert Blake, in Chennai on Friday. Blake had rejected President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s view that political talks could come only after the LTTE was defeated. “A military solution is going to be very, very difficult,” Blake had said.

“What Mr O Blake is attempting is to gang up with India to halt the ongoing military operations to defeat tiger terrorism, and drag Sri Lanka back to a situation in which it would again start wasting time trying to find so-called political solution,” the JVP said.

The JVP also criticised Blake’s remark that Sri Lanka could use the tactical relationship between the US and India to its own advantage, saying that the remark was subversive for all countries in the region.

“The tactical relationship between the US and India is to establish Indo-US imperialism in the region and therefore such statements should be condemned not only by Sri Lanka but other countries in the region as well,” the Marxist party said.

It went on to add that “We the JVP are of the firm belief that no other country, whether it be the US or India, has any right to influence the Sri Lankan government on how to solve our national question... If anyone is against military action undertaken by the Sri Lankan government against terrorism, they are aiding terrorists.”

The JVP has taken an anti-India stand on various issues including Lanka signing the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, which was stalled before the SAARC.