Christina Rocca meets JVP delegation
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 20 April 2005, 16:16 GMT]
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Sinhala Marxist Nationalist Party and a major constituent of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA)
government, Wednesday told Ms Christina Rocca, the visiting US Assistant
Secretary of State, that JVP is opposed to the joint mechanism which was proposed to enable the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and the Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to disburse funds from foreign
governments and international aid agencies to assist tsunami
rehabilitation and reconstruction programme in the northeast, sources said.
The JVP delegation led by its leader Mr.Somawanse Amerasinghe is reported
to have handed over Ms Christina Rocca an alternate proposal for the joint
mechanism, sources said.
Mr.Amarasinghe is said to have told Ms Rocca that LTTE is not elected by
the people that if the LTTE wants a say in disbursing funds it could do so through the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), sources said.
The JVP delegation pointed out to Ms Rocca that it opposed the introduction
of the provincial council system because an attempt was made by an earlier
government to give a major role to the LTTE in running the administration
in the northeast province. The JVP opposes the introduction of
joint mechanism in the northeast for the same reason and also that it would
undermine the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country, JVP
delegation stressed at the discussion, sources said.
However Ms Christina Rocca is reported to have told the JVP delegation the
urgent need of a joint mechanism to reconstruct the tsunami affected
coastal areas of the northeast, sources said.
Earlier Ms Christina Rocca met with the Prime Minister Mr.Mahinda Rajapakse
and discussed details of the joint mechanism proposal, sources said.