Sunday, January 17, 2010

"Rebut agreement with TNA in Tamil, in Northern electorates"-Sri Lankan Patriots

Leading Expat Group in US Calls on Candidate Fonseka to clear up TNA Deal
Sri Lankan Patriots (SLP), the leading community activist organization in the US, whose members have been confronting the LTTE and separatist campaigns for decades, has called on Presidential Candidate Retd. Gen. Sarath Fonseka to publicize his denials regarding a pact with the LTTE-backed Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in Tamil language media, in the Tamil-speaking electorates.

"Candidate Fonseka and his supporters are denying the TNA's claims of an agreement. They attribute the sudden TNA support for Fonseka's candidacy to "TRUST" that the TNA has in him. He should have the rebuttals published in all Tamil language newspapers, making it clear that the TNA support for him is based on simple 'Trust' and that there is no deal" SLP said in a statement issued to the media.
The Los Angeles based group also expressed concern that the former Army Commander had betrayed the nation�s trust in his infamous interview with the Sunday Leader.
"Quoting hearsay, the former Army Commander (Presidential candidate), betrayed the nation's trust when he accused the Defense Secretary of ordering the killing of surrendering LTTE cadres".
"While it may be too late to undo the impact of the accusations made against the Defense Secretary and the soldiers of the 58th Brigade, we believe that Mr. Fonseka could clear up the claims of the TNA deal by making these rebuttals in the Northern electorates."
In its statement, SLP also reminded President Mahinda Rajapaksa of a promise he made two years ago:
"We wish to add that SLP drew President Rajapaksa's attention to government waste and corruption more than two years ago by presenting a petition to him when he visited Los Angeles in September 2007. At that time, President Rajapaksa stated that he would first take care of the war and then turn his attention to ending corruption. We wish to remind President Rajapaksa that the time has come to make good on that promise".
SLP's co secretary, Gamini Edirisinghe said, "We have confronted the separatists and their cohorts in many forums for decades and are vigilant on the rise of separatist campaigns under many guises; the presidential campaign is just one cover, where they have been able to win over a celebrated war hero in the caliber of Mr. Fonseka".
Following is the full text of the statement.

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