25th July, 2004 Volume 11, Issue 2
parliamentarians up in arms against Anura
parliamentarians are up in arms against Tourism Minister Anura
Bandaranaike for allegedly having accompanied LTTE's renegade Eastern
Commander, Karuna to Singapore along with two Special Task Force (STF)
it is alleged, has helped Karuna to leave the country to attend an
important meeting in Singapore and subsequently visit Malaysia to see his
wife and children, United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) sources said.
to sources, Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera who is on a visit to the
United States is also expected to meet Karuna in Singapore on his return
tomorrow or the day after.
close to Karuna claimed that he has been invited to speak on 'Anti
Terrorism' to the US State Department officials in Singapore.
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Jaffna District MP, M.K. Sivajilingam raised
the issue in parliament last Thursday (22) but the government neither
denied nor clarified the matter.
subsequently confirmed to The Sunday Leader that Minister Bandaranaike
along with two STF personnel accompanied Karuna to Singapore. He also said
Karuna did not use the VIP lounge at the Katunayake airport but instead
used the lounge meant for intelligence officials.
further claimed that it has finally been proved beyond doubt that cabinet
ministers have strong links with Karuna and declared that the government
or the President should not continue to live in denial.
are not worried about whether Bandaranaike accompanied Karuna or not but
the real issue is that the government is attempting to conceal the fact
that it has links with Karuna. The government and the President should
stop lying to the nation that Karuna is not close to the government for
now it is an established fact," he said.
national list MP, Joseph Pararajasingham voiced his concern over the fact
that cabinet ministers establishing links with Karuna would definitely
affect the peace process.
media reports, Pararajasingham said that already two cabinet ministers
have shown their interest in harbouring or safeguarding Karuna's
interests, which in turn could jeopardise the
cannot tolerate this type of hypocrisy. The government says one thing and
does another. What type of policy is this?" he queried.
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