No ISGA outside parliamentary procedure - UPFA govt.
[TamilNet, Thursday, 17 June 2004, 16:08 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Media Minister and United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA)
government's new cabinet spokesman Mr. Mangala Samaraweera, Friday rejected
reports in a section of the media that the President was exploring the
possibility of establishing Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) in the
northeast province outside parliamentary procedure as baseless. '' There is
absolutely no truth in such reports,'' Mr. Mangala Samaraweera said at the
cabinet press briefing.
Mr. Mangala Samaraweera replied to a question when he was asked about a
media report that the President Ms Chandrika Kumaratunge is learnt to have
pointed out to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians when she
met them last week that she as Executive President, could establish ISGA,
as long as it was within the Sri Lanka's sovereignty and territorial
integrity, without even recourse to parliament.
Mr. Mangala Samaraweera said some section of the media had published
untruth about the discussion the President had with the TNA
parliamentarians and also had distorted her address to the nation.
Mr. Mangala Samaraweera addressed his first cabinet press briefing after
assuming as Media Minister last week. He replaced Mr. Reginald Cooray who
resigned his ministerial post to contest the Western Provincial Council
election as the chief ministerial candidate, sources said.
Mr. Mangala Samaraweera further said that the UPFA government is committed
to take forward the peace process. Peace talks between the GOSL and LTTE
would be conducted in a transparent manner.
A political solution to the conflict would be found to the
satisfaction of Tamils who voted for the UPFA and the UNP, Samaraweera said.
Both the government and the LTTE should adopt flexibility in taking forward
the peace process towards finding a permanent political solution to the
conflict, he said.
Mr. Mangala Samaraweera replied to a question he would order an inquiry
into the complaint made by the LTTE that the State media has been spreading
false information regarding the internal crisis of the LTTE. He admitted that the State media could
have carried false information about the internal clash of the LTTE in a
competition among media to carry the news first.