The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) maintained its firm stand against the government, of which it is a part, holding peace talks with the LTTE on the basis of the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA).
Any official could make statements but it is the government that decides whether the peace talks are to be held with the ISGA as the basis, said JVP Parliamentarian Chandrasena Wijesinghe, yesterday.
Wijesinghe, the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, was responsing to a statement attributed to the Peace Secretariat Chief Jayantha Danapala on Tuesday in Colombo, that the government was ready to start direct talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam based on the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) proposal of the LTTE, to address the urgent humanitarian and development needs of the north and east, after the tsunami disaster.
Wijesinghe told The Island that the JVP very concerned with the actions of the government and not over the statements made by officials.
He also said that the JVP is not against peace talks with the LTTE but will oppose talks based on ISGA. He said everybody should benefit from the talks which were of paramount importance.
`We are confident that what we had agreed upon, prior to the forming of the United Peoples? Freedom Alliance (UPFA), will not be forgotten,` he added.
He said that even President Chandrika Kumaratunga could make statements with regard to peace talks but when it comes to action there are certain procedures.
The Island reliably learns that the JVP top guns had a meeting yesterday with regard to their current position in the government.