|Thursday, 23 September 2004|
JHU to collect signatures for public petition
by Ranil Wijayapala and Bharatha Malawaraarachchi
The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) is to launch an ambitious campaign of collecting one million signatures for a petition to be handed over to President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga demanding an end to diplomatic relationships with the Norwegian Government.
JHU leader MP Ven. Ellawala Medhananda Thera said yesterday that through this public petition they will make five demands from the President.
The Thera said the Government instead of having Norwegian facilitation for the peace process in Sri Lanka should seek the mediation of a country like India. Norway has become a threat to Sri Lanka's national security, he said.
The other demands include the demerge of the Eastern Province from the Northern Province "to defeat the conspiracy to deprive the heritage and independence of the people in the East after taking the province under the control of the North," the Thera added.
They also urged the President to implement the recommendations of the Presidential Commission appointed to look into the sudden demise of Ven. Gangodawila Soma Thera. The fourth demand is to reject the Interim Self-Governing Authority proposals put forward by the LTTE as the basis for talks.
The President as the Commander in Chief of the three Armed Forces should also take steps to prepare the three Armed Forces to face any attack by the Tigers.
The campaign to collect signatures for the petition will commence opposite the Central Market in Kandy and will be taken to all the major cities for the people to sign, the Thera added.
Produced by Lake House