Apr 04, Colombo: While commending the government's decision to proscribe 16 organizations that are alleged of having links with the Tamil Tiger terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) a coalition partner of the ruling alliance said the measure should have been taken before the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.
The National Freedom Front (NFF) led by Minister Wimal Weerawansa said had the decision been taken prior to the Geneva summit last month, it would have been more productive.
Media Spokesperson of the NFF, Mohammed Muzammil in a statement said that the leaders of many of these proscribed organizations covered in "sheep's skin" instead of the "tiger skin" had portrayed themselves as the champions of the human rights and charged the government with unfounded allegations of human rights violations.
Muzammil said although late, the decision to proscribe those organizations that aim to establish a separate state in the country should be commended.
"We commend the government's decision. However, it would have been much more effective had the decision been drawn prior to Geneva" Muzammil said.
He pointed out that Sri Lanka's Constitution forbids the attempts to create a separate state directly or indirectly within the country but the separatist political parties and organizations continue their efforts to divide the country and urged the government to take prompt action against those organizations when they violate the country's Constitution.
He said with the adoption of the US-led resolution by the UN and backed by the western powers the second Eelam operation has been commenced to achieve what the LTTE could not accomplish with the fire power.
The Media Spokesperson of the NFF said it is the responsibility of the government as well as of the opposition political parties to shed their petty differences and unite to defeat the second Eelam operation.
Muzammil criticized the Opposition Leader, Ranil Wickremasinghe for accepting an invitation to visit the United States when that country was the "mastermind" of the "enemy operation" to divide Sri Lanka and create a separate state.
Accusing the Opposition Leader of touring the US to get support to topple the government, the NFF spokesman said the people need to pay attention to the opposition leader's unpatriotic conduct.