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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 101

Karuna faction counters allegations, says Eastern populace are with them

Colombo, 19 April, (Asiantribune.com): The Karuna Faction's (Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal), in a statement issued today has countered allegations of armed intimidation of populace in the East and said that such allegations are a 'tactic to shift attention from Tigers defeats in East'. TMVP also requested to immediately lodge complaints with the Police and 'take any action necessary' if any of its members are sighted with arms in the government controlled areas of East.

"These are 'unsubstantiated charges' aimed at us, based on no less than a well thought plan and we have no doubt that even members of our fellow ethnic groups would by now know and have come to realize that this is a malicious propaganda campaign. Therefore we know that our fellow ethnicities are dismissive of them" the statement said.

"We believe that these allegations (by a few people with fond 'hopes') are a ploy to divert the attention paid to recent LTTE field defeats in the East. We believe that behind these subtle moves, there is Tiger money -and inducements. It is painful to note some Media too are behind the allegations-exercise" it said.

Below is the TMVP statement in full:

Stop the silly propaganda exercises and pay attention to the reality on the ground – TMVP

"Since of late allegations are levelled against us saying that our members are 'roaming' the streets of Pottuvil -fully 'armed', are 'intimidating' civilians, 'disturbing normalcy' and 'threatening' ethnic relations in the area.

"Such allegations are far from the reality on the ground. These are 'unsubstantiated charges' aimed at us, based on no less than a well thought plan and we have no doubt that even members of our fellow ethnic groups would by now know and have come to realize that this is a malicious propaganda campaign. Therefore we know that our fellow ethnicities are dismissive of them.

"We too believe in democracy. We entered the mainstream political process to find solutions to problems of our peoples through the democratic process and as a result today we are a people's institution. We do not deny the fact that we have an armed wing active with us. Time and again we have insisted that the armed wing of the TMVP is instituted and organized to safeguard the members of our organization AND NOT to disturb the civilian lives of our populace –be it our own ethnic group or others'.

"The laws and rules of the Government of Sri Lanka is common to all and applicable to all living in Sri Lanka. These laws make no special exceptional clause available to us to behave in such an 'unruly manner'. In the areas under the control of the Government of Sri Lanka, none other than members of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces (only) are allowed to carry weapons. In such circumstances, allegations that "our cadres with weapons are roaming the Government controlled areas" are simply untrue.

"We hereby wish to make a request; if anyone sights our cadres bearing 'any weapons' and roaming the government controlled areas, please do lodge a complaint with the police immediately and take appropriate action against those carrying such. In fact, to this end, you shall receive all the required assistance from us.

"From the very day our organization –the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal- entered the democratic process, the Muslim community, the second largest ethnic group in the East, and then also the Sinhala community have extended their fullest support to us. In addition, the once damaged relations between our Eastern Tamil community members Vs. Muslim and Sinhalese community have gradually begun healing since our emergence in the Eastern province. However, it is also a known fact that certain groups that are not happy with our presence in the Province, have begun to level frivolous charges against us.

"We simply are not such a 'bunch of idiots' to carry weapons and 'roam' the streets of areas controlled by the Government of Sri Lanka just to intimidate the populace! Why would we act to damage the very goodwill we strived to create between us and our Muslim brethren in the East? In fact, could there be a farcical assertion than this?! Cannot those who level allegations against us realize at least this simple reality?

"Are not those who level such irrelevant charges at us the real 'idiots', we do wonder…

"Furthermore, it is important for all of us to come to terms with the fact that as the true representatives of the people in the East, we have the right -and obligation- to raise our voice on behalf of our peoples in the East and also to provide solutions to their problems.

"At the same time, we are in no doubt that the best way to foster cordial relations between the Tamils and the Muslims is to safeguard the cultural values of our Muslim brethren and the Tamils in East, while encouraging the Eastern Tamils (themselves) to take the initiative to reciprocate the goodwill of the Eastern Muslims.

"We believe that these allegations (by a few people with fond 'hopes') are a ploy to divert the attention paid to recent LTTE field defeats in the East. We believe that behind these subtle moves, there is Tiger money -and inducements. It is painful to note some Media too are behind the allegations-exercise.

"We categorically wish to state that we shall further march onwards in the east. We shall also crush the mischievous propaganda campaign launched by a few vicious characters who are unable to stomach the continuous rise in our popularity among the Eastern populace in a climate of steadily loosening Tiger grip in the region.

"To this end, we reveal that our strength is our people—and their valuable support.

Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal

- Asian Tribune -

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