Despite a widespread belief that the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna will be a coalition partner of the Mahinda Rajapakse government, a JVP source indicated yesterday that they would continue to sit with the opposition.
?We will not join the government immediately. We will wait and observe the way the new President performs before we decide to sit with the government,? a party source told the Daily Mirror.
?It is true that we entered into an agreement with Mr. Rajapakse. But it is still limited to paper. We will wait and observe how he goes about his job and then decide what we should do,? the source said.
He said that they quit the UPFA government opposing the proposed Post?Tsunami Operational Management Structure (PTOMS) and they would consider rejoining the government only after it is confirmed that the government would not proceed with it.
?We left the government stating that tsunami rehabilitation was the sole responsibility of the government and that it had no right to share this responsibility with a terrorist group. We must ensure that it will not come into force even under the new President. However, it is a pending case in the Supreme Court. Also we must make sure that the conditions on which we agreed to support Mr. Rajapakse are being fulfilled,? he said.
According to the agreement with the JVP, Mr. Rajapakse has also agreed, among other things, to review and revise fully the Ceasefire Agreement, hold negotiations not only with the LTTE, but also with all other relevant parties and to reconsider Norway`s role as the facilitator in the peace process. The JVP had charged that Norway ?has shown unprecedented partiality towards the LTTE in their role as a facilitator in the negotiation process between the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE and in the monitoring mission of the Ceasefire Agreement. As Norway has undoubtedly failed to act impartially in performing its obligations, it is agreed hereby to reconsider seriously whether Norway should be allowed to engage in those activities further.?
However, when contacted, JVP Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa did not give a direct reply saying its stance on future activities would be announced later.
When queried about their stand on the possibility of D.M. Jayaratne being appointed as the Prime Minister, Mr. Weerawansa said that it was entirely up to the SLFP to decide it.
Meanwhile, the JVP politburo scheduled to meet last night was expected to take vital decisions on their role vis-à-vis the new government.