Socialist People’s Alliance warns of militarisation of politics
The Socialist People’s Alliance warned the people on the imminent
danger of militarization of politics. The Alliance leaders at a press
conference yesterday also urged the people to be vigilant.
Democratic Left Front leader Vasudeva Nanayakkara said although the
UNA candidate was not in uniform, his military mentality would not
change. Nanayakkara alleged that Sarath Fonseka sought to bring army
into politics and it was a serious matter.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa brought a new era by ending the war. For
the country to develop, the re-election of President Rajapaksa was
essential, he added.
Sri Lanka Communist Party General Secretary and Constitutional
Affairs and National Integration Minister DEW Gunasekera said it was
necessary to analyse international problems scientifically and
The world was not as it was 10 years ago. Attempts were made to
introduce new Liberal policies into the Third World. Imperialists wanted
to change the face of Sri Lanka through these policies of Washington
Consensus. Five Indian states were under the threat of terrorism. It was
President Rajapaksa who brought an end to the war that took thousands of
lives, he added.
Gunasekera said all past Presidents of the country - from J.R.
Jayewardene to Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga - made efforts to
solve the ethnic problem through negotiations. However, they did not
succeed since the LTTE did not show flexibility. Even President
Rajapaksa tried the same method. There was no way left for him except to
find an end to the LTTE, he said.
The Minister added there was a new thinking flourishing in the North
and East. The present trend of politicizing of military and
militarization of politics was a new trend which is dangerous to the
people. If Fonseka was elected President he would not find it difficult
to militarize politics since he would automatically assume the power of
the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. Because of President
Rajapaksa, democracy had been saved. The candidature of the ex-army
officer was a conspiracy hatched by western countries to derail the
economic successes with the new liberal policies, Gunasekera said.
LSSP leader and Science and Technology Minister Professor Tissa
Vitarana said President Rajapaksa faced many challenges and crises
during the past four years.
“When compared with other countries Sri Lankans shouldered less
burden from the financial crisis of the western countries.” He added
that the LTTE was not only a terrorist outfit but also a separatist
movement. It was President Rajapaksa who eliminated these two evils, he
The Minister said the APRC document was submitted to President
Rajapaksa. “He would implement suggestions mentioned in the document
after the election.”
Professor Vitarana said it was the President’s wish to produce
essential items such as sugar within the country instead of importing
them. He said during the UNP’s short lived rule, no employment was given
and wages were not increased. There were problems of salary anomalies
and that would be solved by President Rajapaksa after his re-election,
Alliance’s Secretary Raja Collure chaired the press conference.