UNP nurtured Tigers - Minister
UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe continued nurturing the LTTE
terrorists even after several leaders of the party were killed by the
outfit, said Media and Information Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa.
Wickremesinghe did not take any action when the LTTE was violating
the country's well established law and order under the pretext of
Ceasefire Agreement during his tenure as Prime Minister, the Minister
The Minister was speaking at the weekly Cabinet press briefing at the
Parliament complex yesterday.
"The UNP Leader has started remembering UNP leaders who were killed
by the LTTE only after the outfit was defeated by the Government. He did
not utter a single word against the terrorists when he was the Prime
Minister," the Minister said.
He said the terrorists made use of this Agreement to weaken the
intelligence wing by killing hundreds of intelligence officials and
informants. The UNF Government under the leadership of UNP leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe showed reluctance to take any action against the LTTE
which was engaged in the conscription of children to swell its fighting
ranks under the cover of CFA, the Minister said.
He said the LTTE violated the Ceasefire Agreement and set up LTTE
Police stations and court complexes in the North.
The UNP leader blamed the Government and other opposition parties
even after North Central Province Opposition Leader General Janaka
Perera was murdered by the LTTE, he said.