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JVP scorns APRC’s new plan

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna yesterday lashed out at the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) plans to put forward a proposal based on the Good Friday agreement to work towards the resolution of the ethnic conflict.

“After undertaking a tour of England and Ireland, a group including APRC Chairman Tissa Vitarana has said that the political solution would have a mixture of unitary and federal features, which is a plot to fool the people,” JVP MP Vijitha Herath charged.
Meanwhile, APRC Chairman Tissa Vitarana said that his proposals were not a mixture of unitary and federal features.
He added that his proposals were an attempt to dissolve power within the framework of a unitary state.

“My proposals are based on the Good Friday agreement signed between the British Government and the Irish Republican Army (IRA.) When the agreement was signed, the IRA was the world’s most fierce terrorist organisation. But now they have renounced violence and have become a part of the democratic process. So I believe that this can be used as a model to solve the ethnic conflict,” the APRC Chairman stressed.

However, Herath alleged that the Good Friday agreement has been a failure and that these proposals were nothing but a hotchpotch plan to satisfy everyone.

“It is impossible to marry unitary and federal since they are totally different concepts and the model they have chosen, the Good Friday agreement, has failed to achieve its goals. The conflict in the Northern Ireland is not yet solved,” he said.

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