'Dont’t test our patience'
By Sandun A. Jayasekera
Jan 18, 2010
The UPFA yesterday warned General Sarath Fonseka camp not to unleash violence on its supporters and there would be serious consequences if they continued to attack supporters of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
General Secretary of the SLFP, Agriculture Minister Maithripala Sirisena told a news briefing at the Mahaweli Centre that sensing the imminent defeat the SF camp has turned to violence and already attacked and fired upon UPFA supporters, party offices and vehicles killing one and seriously wounding many.
“In the last few days alone there have been serious attacks on the UPFA by the UNP and the JVP at Tangalle, Anamaduwa and Polonnaruwa. A large number of our supporters have been admitted to hospitals as a result and the damage caused to properties exceeds millions of rupees. President Rajapaksa has given specific instructions to UPFA supporters not to retaliate when they come under attack. But I warn the SF camp not to consider our restraint a weakness,” Minister Sirisena said.“Do not think for a moment that you can intimidate our supporters or frighten them. You will get the reaction pretty soon if you do not stop this,” he cautioned.
Minister Sirisena said the country was well aware now about the secret agreement between the LTTE proxy TNA and General Fonseka that betrayed the country by pledging all demands that the terrorists fought for more than 30 years.
“If General Fonseka can agree to withdraw armed forces from the North, dismantle High Security Zones, re-merge the North East, release all hardcore LTTE suspects and give autonomy to the province, he has virtually agreed to establish Eelam.
But the peace loving and intelligent voters of all communities would never let this happen. They would re-elect President Rajapaksa on January 26 with an overwhelming majority to save the country from returning to the dark ages prevailed before May 18,” Minister Sirisena said..
Minister Sirisena challenged Ranil Wickremesinghe, R. Sambanthan, Mangala Smaraweera and Anura Kumara Dissanayaka to come before the media and say openly that there was no such agreement.
“Mr. Somawansa Amarasinghe has denied the existence of an agreement between the TNA and the SF camp because he does not know. They have signed the agreement under his nose. Why can’t Sambanthan say that there was no agreement?” he asked.General Fonseka is desperately attempting to portray himself as a war hero without peers. He thinks he carried out the humanitarian operation and won the fight against terrorism single handedly. Where was he when the Cease Fire Agreement of Ranil and Prabha had been in operation?
Armed force had specific instructions from Prime Minister Wickremesinghe not to pick up clashes with the LTTE cadres. To what extent the armed forces were humiliated that LTTE cadres came near the security forces barracks and showed their bare backs to soldiers.
“If General Fonseka was such a hero he could have ordered to chase away the LTTE cadres. Where was his self respect and patriotism at that time? This incident is a clear indication that it is the political leadership that decides the fate of a country
Courtesy: Daily Mirror