Oppn asks Bush, Blair to intervene to restrain Kumaratunga

In an unusual move, Sri Lanka's opposition on Friday asked the United States, Britain and the European commission to intervene to stop what they called an impending bloodbath during election time at the alleged behest of President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

In an unusual move, Sri Lanka's opposition on Friday asked the United States, Britain and the European commission to intervene to stop what they called an impending bloodbath during election time at the alleged behest of President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

Opposition United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe wrote to US President George W Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and European Commission President Romano Prodi seeking urgent help to save democracy after Kumaratunga allegedly held out a murder threat against UNP
supporters.

“You have the power to stop a bloodbath. Please act forcefully in the name of democracy,” Wickremesinghe told the three leaders in identical letters, copies of which were released by the UNP on Friday, noting that each of them was determined to stamp out terrorism in whatever form it occurs.

“Please bring to bear the maximum diplomatic pressure you can on our president and this government,” He said,
referring to Kumaratunga's reported advice to her supporters a few days ago at an election rally to kill UNP workers if they tried to kill her people's alliance activists.”

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