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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2640

The JVP says their discussions with the ruling party broke down on the disagreement of three vital issues

By Walter Jayawardhana

Colombo, 05 October, (Asiantribune.com): Since the governing Sri Lanka Freedom Party(SLFP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) could not agree upon three major issues the JVP - SLFP talks broke down said Tilvin Silva the General Secretary of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna. Tilvin Silva  - General Secretary ,Tilvin Silva said Gunatilaka had ceased to be a member. He did not describe why he ceased to be a member.Tilvin Silva - General Secretary ,Tilvin Silva said Gunatilaka had ceased to be a member. He did not describe why he ceased to be a member.

The immediate result of the break down of the talks would mean that the country’s third largest political party would not be accepting ministerial position in the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration that it helped to put into power at the last Presidential elections.

But the JVP said the party would continue to help the government from the benches of the opposition in the Jayawardhanapura parliament.

According to the statement of the left oriented JVP, mostly supported by the country’s youth, it could not make the ruling SLFP accept three major proposals out of 20 it was intending to use to "defeat separatism in the country."

The JVP said the government should agree to abolish the controversial Ceasefire Agreement - never followed from the very day it was signed, the facilitator of the peace process Norway should be removed since they thought that Norway had become rather a part of the problem than the problem solver itself for its alleged patrician role for the LTTE, and the de-merger of the Northern and Eastern provinces, that were merged by the Indo-Lanka agreement on a temporary basis until a referendum could decide it finally. The referendum was never held until now.

At the end of the talks the former politburo member, Nandana Gunatilaka who vigorously campaigned that the JVP should not be rigid and be more flexible taking into account political reality and join the government has become a minority in the party and according to the General Secretary ceased to be a member of the political bureau of the party as well as a general member.

Gunatilaka said in a statement the party would have been more flexible since there are elements that could not be controlled by the party itself, for instance like international pressure. In the past, he said, if the party was more flexible, the JVP’s founder leader would have been still alive today and the country would have taken an entirely different path today.

The JVP’s founder leader Rohana Wijeweera was a victim of an extrajudicial killing of a former United National Party government while he was a prisoner following one of the party’s violent insurrections.

Nandana Gunatilaka, refused to accept that he had ceased to become a member of the party. He said he had worked hard to build the present party after it was annihilated after the assassination of Rohana Wijeweera and it had become part of his inner-self.

But the General Secretary Tilvin Silva said Gunatilaka had ceased to be a member. He did not describe why he ceased to be a member.

Asked whether they would accept an invitation to discuss with the right wing United National Party, Tilvin Silva said it depended on what they were invited to discuss.

- Asian Tribune -

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