ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Vol. 41 - No 47
Financial Times  

NGOs - intelligence service to deter peace -Wimal

Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) came under a vicious attack this week by Wimal Weerawansa, JVP Propaganda Secretary and Parliamentarian who said that they act as intelligence services to promote disharmony among different ethnic groups in Sri Lanka.

“NGOs like Berghoff Foundation together with other such organisations act as an intelligence service to deter the current drive to abolish terrorism,” he said addressing a cross section of prominent business leaders and NGOs in the country as the keynote speaker at a Business for Peace event organised by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Highlighting the importance of sovereignty, he said many who talk about peace now aspire for short term gains in reality. “We are used to living with short term aspirations. For some these short term aspirations which translate to short term gains prompt them to talk about peace that they hope to achieve on a short term period,” he said.

He accused the ‘white gentlemen’ of corrupting the government mechanism over a period of time and said they have no right to point the finger at Sri Lanka and say that the country is corrupt. Drawing parallels to the chicken farms in this regard, Weerawansa said that the chicken farmer will feed the chickens excessively not because he loves them, but to later kill them and sell them for profit. “This is what has happened to Sri Lanka. Every Tom, Dick and Harry offers grants and aid to the country, which we readily accept because we think short term. By giving us this aid so freely what they do is meddle with the right to take decisions regarding our own affairs,” he lashed out.


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