|Sinister Move to Destabilise East LTTE, Some Political Groups Behind Plan Says Govt:|
|Friday, 30 May 2008|
THE GOVERNMENT'S objective of offering a political solution and the restoration of democracy in the East has proved a success with the implementation of the 13th Amendment following the recent election held in the East despite certain political parties trying to create anarchy in the province.
Addressing the media yesterday, Government Defence Affairs spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said an attempt to implement the 13th Amendment towards a political solution failed 20 years ago due to the LTTE shadow over the then Provincial administration. "During the last two decades no Government was able to implement a political solution to the problems faced by Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities in the East," he added. Minister Rambukwella asserted that Security Forces liberated the East and the LTTE was defeated. In the face of the LTTE's defeat, the Government took a step forward by implementing a political solution for the East through the 13th Amendment regardless of ethnicity to develop the East economically and politically and restore democracy in the region. "The Easterners totally rejected the very roots of Prabhakaran's mythical Tamil homeland concept at the Eastern provincial council election," he added. He said "certain political parties challenged the Government's move but we could bring a political solution by appointing a Chief Minister to the East.
TMVP leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan a former LTTEer entering the political mainstream was a step forward in the restoration of democracy in the East," Minister Rambukwella said. The Minister pointed out that a political solution and development were firm promises made to the Easterners despite LTTE and some political parties attempts to disrupt the atmosphere in the East.
"We have reliable intelligence reports that certain political parties backed by the LTTE and other disgruntled political groups who failed to achieve their objectives at the recent past election are trying to disrupt normal life in the East," Minister Rambukwella said. He also assured that the Government will not hesitate to take any action against those who continue to disrupt the normal life in the East. "We assure the people who were victorious in the East that a sustainable political solution and development are on track. We will not hesitate to take action against any political party or politician who make sinister moves," he said. Minister Rambukwella emphasised that losing a seat at the UN Human Right Council was not a defeat and does not prove that Sri Lanka is violating human rights.
The UNHRC was established in 2005 and Sri Lanka served a two year term. Since Sri Lanka gained over 50 percent votes we are eligible to contest for the UNHRC seat in the next term. He said "when a country contests for the second time to win the same position there will be less support.
Sri Lanka garnered 101 votes out of 192 votes, the number of votes obtained indicates a clear vote of confidence by UN Member States in Sri Lanka's ability and competence to serve as a council member," Minister Rambukwella said. He pointed out that a huge contest had taken place for the UNHRC seat in the Asia region compared to the other regions. "Five groups contested for the UNHRC seat and there was a heated contest between six countries in the Asian region to select four countries for the council.
Spain was defeated by a vote in the European region contesting three countries for two seats in the council. Does this mean that Spain too has violated human rights ?," he asked. Meanwhile, Pakistan and Bahrain who contested together with Sri Lanka had initially garnered 57 votes being members of the Organization of the Islamic Council (OIC) at the UN.
"This 57 votes were the foundation for Bahrain and Pakistan to gain more votes," Minister Rambukwella said.
(Courtesy : Daily News and Sri Lanka Army )
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