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

CIA firmly rooted in Sri Lanka’s Rajapakse Administration

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Las Vegas, Nevada. 26 December (Asiantribune.com): There was very little reference to Sri Lanka’s military operation which has partially de-stabilized the once invincible Tamil Tigers. As to why the United National Party took a step or two back from its once declared policy plank of ‘Federal Solution to Sri Lanka’s National Question’, the Sri Lankan expatriates here in Las Vegas were told that the party was not in favor of labeling the unit of devolution but will decide on the unit as political developments progress.

The visiting stalwarts of Sri Lanka’s political opposition the United National Party (UNP) highlighted President Rajapakse’s governing style, how his regime is corrupt to the core, that he is utterly inefficient in handling affairs of the nation, according to the UNP stalwarts, ruined the economy and the arrogance of the regime had led to the erosion of civil liberties and media freedom.

The Asian Tribune could summarize the pronouncements of UNP stalwarts in Las Vegas before a group of Sri Lankan expatriates last Friday December 14 as the “CIA has taken root of Sri Lanka’s Rajapakse Administration.”

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayaka and Assistant Secretary Dr. Jayalath Jayawardene projected the Rajapakse regime as plagued with Corruption, Inefficiency and Arrogance to a fairly large group of Sri Lankan expatriates whose only focus was Sri Lanka’s near successful military offensive against the Tamil Tigers who are a threat to the nation’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and democracy.

The UNP stalwarts, who also included the party’s women’s affairs league head parliamentarian Ms. Chandrani Bandara, were in Las Vegas to exchange views with the Sri Lankan expatriates and inaugurate a party branch.

Views were exchanged and lectures were given but the main event of inaugurating the UNP branch did not take place. The Asian Tribune was told that Gihan Perera as the president, Lalinda Wickremaratne as secretary and Sanjeewa Sedera as treasurer head the Southern Nevada branch of the United National Party.

The gathering was told that it was a decision of the party leader Ranil Wickremasinghe to establish an international network of the UNP and those branches of the party has been formed in many countries.

A very erudite and non-partisan key note address was delivered by Nimal Sedera who reminded both major political parties that either party is unable to absolve itself if a major calamity takes place in Sri Lanka, if the National Question is not adequately addressed. He noted that at one stage, anyone could travel from the north to south and east to west with no fear or impediments and that bringing the old glory firmly wrests in the hands of the two major political parties, the UNP and SLFP. Sedera reminded the gathering that one could not forget the great contributions of the Senanayakes, Bandaranaikes, Jayawardene and Premadasa toward the upliftment of Sri Lanka. He stressed the importance of bringing Sri Lanka back to the old glory which the nation was known as the ‘Granary of the East’ and the ‘Pearle of the Indian Ocean’. He made the gathering knowledgeable by bringing statistical data of the state of the economy to highlight the importance of arresting economic disparity and deterioration.

A question was asked from the UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake as to why his party adopted a policy in favor of a federal system when it was advocated by the LTTE and other Tamil political movements, but vehemently opposed by the rest of the country and as to why the party in a recent policy plank retreated from the federalist position to which he gave a vague answer.

Attanayake explained that Sri Lanka’s current political development forced his party to keep the ‘unit of devolution’ plank open and that his party was not in favor of ‘labeling’ the ‘unit of devolution’ at this stage. With progress of discussions on the National Question the UNP will decide which ‘unit of devolution’ is suitable for the country.

General Secretary Attanayake charged the Rajapakse administration for blatant human rights violations, disappearances, economic ruin, curtailment of democratic and media freedoms.

UNP assistant secretary Dr. Jayalath Jayawardene explained as to why his party decided to establish an international network. He said that the party is of the opinion that they need to establish a dialogue with the million Sri Lankan expatriates spread all over the world. “We need a feed back from the Sri Lankan expatriates that will help shape our policies, especially the National Question and other significant issues that the country is facing. The UNP has already formed branches in Switzerland, Australia and many European countries. Now, we are in the United States to extend our international network” he said.

Dr. Jayawardene too highlighted the economic, human rights and the erosion of democratic rights. “We need to restore democracy and rule of law in the country” he declared.

A quick survey by the Asian Tribune at the gathering revealed that many participants gave more emphasis to the ongoing military onslaught against the Tamil Tigers than other domestic issues of Sri Lanka. The UNP stalwarts whose main emphasis throughout their deliveries at the Las Vegas were unrelated to the Rajapakse administration’s military offensive against the Tamil Tigers. And, national security of Sri Lanka was the foremost issue that majority of Sri Lankan expatriates in the United States has in their minds.

- Asian Tribune -

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