Marxists signal quitting Sri Lanka coalition

Sri Lanka’s Marxists, key coalition partners of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, announced Wednesday they will block her plan to share tsunami aid with Tamil Tiger rebels even if the move leads to a collapse of government. Sri Lanka’s Marxists, key coalition partners of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, announced Wednesday they will block her plan to share tsunami aid with Tamil Tiger rebels even if the move leads to a collapse of government. The Marxist JVP, or People’s Liberation Front, in its first policy announcement in parliament over the controversial aid-sharing deal with Tiger guerrillas, said it was willing to sacrifice the government.

JVP leader Wimal Weerawansa told the assembly that the decision to enter into a deal with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had been taken by Kumaratunga without consulting coalition partners.

“The country needs a government to defeat separatism, not to nourish it,” Weerawansa said. “In the next few days we will announce our decision to save the country first. The government comes later.”

Weerawansa slammed Kumaratunga’s “dictatorial attitude” and vowed to defeat her moves even as she herself pledged to press ahead with the proposed plan that has been widely