The government told parliament yesterday there was no basis to allegations by ousted minister Sripathi Sooriyarachchi of secret deals with the LTTE while Mr. Sooriayarachchi who was in the House at that stage remained silent though he last week said he would soon give details of the alleged deals.
Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake in response to questions said he could not submit any report to parliament on the allegations as there were no such deals.
In an interview with a Sinhala weekly, Mr. Sooriyarachchi alleged that top government politicians had signed a deal with the LTTE secretly regarding the execution of war in the eastern province bypassing Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi where the LTTE was militarily strong.
He also told a news conference last week he would release the tape recordings containing, among other things, secret information about those who struck deals with the LTTE before the election of Mr. Rajapaksa as president.
Referring to these media reports, Chief Opposition Whip Joseph Michael Perera demanded an explanation from the government on the alleged secret deals with the LTTE. The Prime Minister told the UNP to direct those questions to Mr. Sooriyarachchi as the government knew nothing about such deals.
Mr. Sooriayarachchi along with dissident group leader Mangala Samaraweera were present in the House but they remained silent and left parliament soon after the Prime Minister`s denial. Mr. Samaraweera and Mr. Sooriyarachchi were greeted by a cheering opposition when they entered parliament yesterday morning and they occupied seats in the back row of the government side.