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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 107

Sri Lanka: Douglas and Karuna agreed mutually to avoid clashes in the East

Colombo, 11 July, (Asiantribune.com): Two hostile Tamil groups have agreed to avoid hostility in the future. Leaders of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party and the Karuna Group have agreed to avoid hostilities in the future and work peacefully in the East.

Reports revealed that Minister Douglas Devananda, Secretary General of Eelam People’s Democratic Party and Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, also called as Karuna has on 09 July have agreed to work separately avoiding confrontation in future.

This agreement has been worked out between the leaders of the two Tamil groups after the clashes between the two rival factions erupted at Chenkalady. On 04 July a group of 60 Karuna Group cadres marched into the EPDP’s office and started firing, charging with grenades and attacking the EPDP members which resulted in the killing of two Karuna Group cadres.

Following the death of two cadres, Karuna group anounced the banning of EPDP in the East and warned that no one should have any truck with the EPDP.

EPDP called the ban imposed by the Karuna Group ‘childish’ and categorically said, “We cannot bow down to anyone who wants to disrupt our service to the people and who comes forward to obstruct our rights to work for our people. “

Subsequently, according to reliable sources, Douglas Devananda and Muralitharan have agreed to forget the bitter experience of the past and to proceed in their own ways and avoid confrontations. This decision was taken after the high level discussion held between the EPDP leader Douglas Devananda and Muralitharan, leader of the Karuna Group which is also called Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, on Monday, July 9th 2007, and a memorandum was released.

Given below the joint the press release issued by EPDP and Karuna Group setting out the details of the Agreement reached in between the two Tamil groups:

Agreement between the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) and the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP)

The Eelam People’s Democratic Party and the Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal have come to an agreement with the assistances of well- wishers, to forget the bitter experience and to proceed in their own ways. This decision was taken after the high level discussion held between the EPDP and TMVP on Monday, July 9th 2007, and a joined memorandum was released.

The recently erupted unexpected conflict between the EPDP and TMVP has unfortunately, led to some unwanted situation. We regret the outcome of this conflict.

In the history of the struggle of the Tamil speaking people, the Tamil parties have been fighting amongst themselves, which has created an indelible mark. It would greatly affect the welfare of the Tamil-speaking people, if there were animosity among the Tamil parties that have joined the democratic main stream. Hence the two parties, which are in the political field for the betterment of the public, have come to an agreement to avoid future conflicts and work again with mutual understanding.

The fraternal war has deprived the happiness of our people.

Therefore, although the EPDP and TMVP have different political views, the two parties have agreed to bury the hatchet and work in a friendly manner on the political arena and proceed in their own ways towards a meaningful political solution for the benefit of the Tamil speaking people.

Eelam People’s Democratic Party
Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal 10.07.2007.

- Asian Tribune -

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