PNM vows to thwart 'foreign attempt to divide' country
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 01 October 2003, 17:43 GMT]
The leader of the Patriotic National Movement (PNM), Venerable Elle Gunawanse Thera, addressing the public meeting held at the conclusion of the five-day anti-peace
march Wednesday said that the majority Sinhalese people will not allow foreign elements now involved in the peace process to divide the country, sources said.
Ven Elle Gunawanse Thera further said Buddhist monks would sacrifice their lives to safeguard their mother country. "The UNF government used several non-governmental organizations to sabotage the protest march from Kandy to
Colombo," the Thera charged. "However, the sabotage attempt was thwarted with the support of patriotic citizens."
Mr.Anura Bandaranaike, People's Alliance (PA) parliamentarian and brother of President Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunge, said Prime Minister Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe has laid the foundation stone for dividing the country by signing a ceasefire agreement with the LTTE.
"Allowing Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe to continue in power would bring irreparable disaster to the country," he stressed.
Sri Lankan Cricket star and PA parliamentarian, Arjuna Ranatunge, highly regarded writer and intellectual championing Sinhala nationalism, Dr. Gunadasa Amerasekara, JVP propaganda secretary and the party's parliamentary group leader Wimal Weerawanse, also addressed the meeting, sources said.
Ven. Elle Gunawanse Thera (extreme right), Sri Lanka Fredom Party (SLFP), Jantha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and Majana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) leaders march under the Patriotic National Movement banner.
Former parliament speaker and SLFP Parliamentarian Anura Bandaranaike getting on the stage of Patriotic National Movement.
Ven. Elle Gunawanse thera addressing the meeting. On his right is JVP propaganda secretary and party's parliamentary group leader Wimal Weerawansa.
Party supporters carrying the National flag and cheering the speech of Ven. Elle Gunawanse Thera.
Former Sri Lankan cricket team leader, Arujuna Ranatunga, carrying the national flag and talking with Ven. Elle Gunawanse Thera on the stage of the Patriotic National Movement.
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