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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 111

"When the last UNP government was so close in bringing LTTE leader to the talks table, it was dissolved suddenly" –UNP's

By Joseph Thavaraja

Colombo, 26 July, ( "When the last UNP government was (very) close to bring the LTTE leader to the negotiations table, the government was dissolved suddenly" said S.B Dissanayake, UNP chief organiser, addressing the protest rally held in Colombo today.

The rally, which is underway at this moment, is called "Janarala." It has been organized by the opposition UNP and the SLFP(M) parties to protest against the policies of the Government.

"No ethnic conflict in the world has been solved by military means. Not even the East Timor issue in Indonesia nor the Irish problem. All these were solved by power sharing" Dissanayake said. "War is not going to help" he added.

Thousand of protestors have turned up this afternoon this Janarala rally in Colombo. More crowds are arriving in Central Colombo area to take part in the rally at this moment and as a result, the Lipton Circus area is now "virtually traffic blocked", police said. The march began at Borella (Colombo 8) at 2.00 pm. In the UNP rally in Colombo, in addition to carrying of various displays and banners, "several cultural events too featured in it" sources said to "Asian Tribune."

Mangala Samaraweera of SLFP (M) is addressing the rally at the Hyde Park, said "I thank all the SLFP MPs who helped to organize this rally." The sacked Minister arrived with "large cut-outs of SLFP pioneer SWRD Bandaranaike", sources said.

Meanwhile, it is reported that the ruling party SLFP too has organized 150 countrywide protests in 19 Districts starting from 9.00 am against the UNP today. Piliyandala, Maharagama, Dehiwela, Kaduwela, Badulla and Homagama SLFP rallies were "full of protestors", reports said.

A large number of SLFP organizers took part in these SLFP protests, reports said.

Addressing the SLFP rally in the southern city of Matara, SLFP's Lakshman Yapa, said "SLFP rallies are to protest against UNP's anti-Buddhist and anti-Sri Lanka statements."

-Asian Tribune -

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