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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2527

JVP still wants the APRC experts panel to mind its 'own business'

By Vandana Jayasinghe - Asian Tribune

Colombo, 07 January, (Asiantribune.com): The appeal of the Chairman of the All Party Representatives Committee (APRC) Prof. Tissa Vitharana to the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) to submit its proposals to end the national problem is likely to be ignored by the Marxist party which still demands the government to not to consider the proposals prepared, based on decisions of the experts panel.

The JVP, which played a major role on the weekly APRC meetings, withdrew its representatives last December, claiming that the expert committee had no 'business' to make recommendations for the resolution of the national problem.

" Still we believe that the expert panel is authorized only to assist the APRC to define certain terms, elaborate and explain certain issues. This is what the panel was asked by the President Mahinda Rajapaksha. They are not authorized to make any recommendations", said JVP sources.

The APRC representatives including United National Party (UNP) representatives will meet next week and Chairman Prof. Vitharana would submit set of proposals prepared by him on request of the APRC expert panel.

" The party representatives at the last weeks' meeting requested me to prepare these proposals and they will be the basis for future discussions", he said.

Prof. Vitharana added that these proposals would not be final draft, but only a document for discussions.

According to UNP sources, the party would submit their proposals next week and former Finance Minister K.N. Choksy and former Constitutional Affairs Minister G.L.Peiris would represent the party.

Prof. Vitharana said that once they reached a common position the final draft would be presented to the President Rajapaksha at the APRC Conference.

- Asian Tribune -

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