scorns APRC’s new plan
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
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.