Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Weerawansa challenges US ambassador

(Lanka-e-News, April 22, 2009, 7.25 pm) National Freedom Front (JNP) MP Wimal Weerawansa states that the US ambassador Robert O'Blake has threatened a powerful minister of Sri Lanka government that the IMF bailout will be blocked and the President Mahinda Rajapaksha and the leaders of the government will be framed charges of war crimes unless a ceasefire is declared to allow the Tamil Tigers to hold the civilians forcibly.

Weerawansa expressed these views addressing a press briefing held in the JNP headquarters in Jayanthipura, Baththaramulla today (22).

Weerawansa challenged the US Ambassador to deny his statement if he had not made such warning.

The JNP leader said that the Army entered the no-fire zone to rescue the Tamil civilians after declaring a ceasefire for two days in which no civilian moved out of the no-fire zone.

Weerawansa urged the Sinhala Buddhist people to use the upcoming Vesak festival to help the IDPs that were put into trouble by Prabakaran in the same way they did during the tsunami devastation.

He also said that the politicians in Southern Province including Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MPS and the Western People's Front leader Mano Ganeshan etc. who celebrated the war heroes� day with the LTTE. In response to a question raised by a journalist, Weerawansa said that the government will de-evaluate the victory of the war heroes if they are not arrested.

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