The Freedom Alliance and the Jathika Nidahas Peramuna (JNP) have signed a historic MOU directing the country towards a victorious path defeating separatist tiger terrorism as well as conspiracies of untrustworthy forces.
The MOU was signed by Minister Susil Premajayanth, General Secretary Freedom Alliance and Parliamentarian Nandana Gunatillake, Secretary of the Jathika Nidahas Peramuna. The JNP is a partner of the JVP which extended support to the President in 2005 during the Presidential election. Minister Susil Premajayanth said that the signing of the agreement is a historic chapter in further consolidating the support extended by them to the President and the Freedom Alliance. According to Minister Maithripala Sirisena, conspiracies are in place at this decisive juncture to reverse the victories of the Government. As such, the Government will get further strength to defeat such conspiracies through this support. He said they wish to pay tribute to the Jathika Nidahas Peramuna on behalf of the constituent parties of the Freedom Alliance for reaching such an agreement. He urged further dedication to march forward overcoming all obstacles.
Wimal Weerawansa stated that 2009 is to be declared as a year of military victories. Therefore, they had to strengthen the programme mooted by the President to eliminate terrorism defeating all conspiracies. It is their party which is satisfied over the MOU reached with the Freedom Alliance as a partner of a political force which took political decisions to direct the country towards the correct path and continue the journey overcoming all obstacles. Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that the agreement is another chapter in their effort to further bolster the security of the country and ensure its existence.
Parliamentarian Nandana Gunatillake pointed out that this was neither an election agreement nor an agreement that enables them to enjoy privileges from the Government. He also said it was not an agreement seeking ministerial portfolios, but a MOU for the betterment of the country.