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 Post Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 3:24 pm 
Sri Lanka JVP, JHU to field common presidential candidate

Source: Xinhua
22June2005


Two small Sri Lankan opposition party, JVP or the People's Liberation Front and JHU or the National Heritage Party, may get together to field a common candidate at the next presidential election, The Island reported on Wednesday.

A common candidate, who would stand for the unitary character of the country and denounce terrorism, would be their choice as the common presidential candidate, a JHU member was quoted as saying.

The JHU has ironed out many differences with the JVP, and both parties were of the view that the country must come first and it must be protected first, the member said.

He also called upon all national minded and patriotic Sri Lankans to join hands with them, but did not refer to who will be the common candidate.

At the time of quitting the United People's Freedom Alliance, JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe said that the JVP would certainly align itself with any party committed to defend the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the country.

The JVP quitted the government on June 16 due to its stiff opposition to the controversial joint mechanism with the Tamil Tigers for tsunami relief co-ordination in the north and east.

The JVP gave a deadline of June 15 to Kumaratunga to give up her plan to implement a joint mechanism with the Tigers, and they dubbed the mechanism as one which would confer legitimacy to a terrorist group.

Source: Xinhua


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