'Stop talking nonsense, go and fight', Rajitha tells JVP

Aug 21 (IL) A senior Opposition MP yesterday challenged the JVP to go to Sampur, attack the LTTE cadres, and bring back the weapons-laden LTTE boats to Colombo without blabbering nonsense in Colombo.

Former UNP Minister Rajitha Senaratne said that JVP leaders while in the Opposition had screamed about the Manirasakulam camp but now when in office they were like mice. JVP Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa said the Government Peace Secretariat had informed all European countries to obtain approval from the Secretariat before visiting the LTTE in Kilinochchi.

"During the last UNP regime, anyone and everyone even for the slightest thing went to Kilinochchi to see the Tigers. But after this Government came, that situation has changed," he said in a speech at Maharagama.

Mr. Weerawansa also pointed out that even the recent European Union delegation, which met LTTE's political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan in Kilinochchi, had obtained approval from the Government Peace Secretariat before going there.

However, Dr. Senaratne rejected Mr. Weerawansa's claims. He said even the former UNF government was kept informed by foreign missions before they visited Kilinochchi for talks with LTTE leaders.

"So this is nonsense from Mr. Weerawansa. The JVP is just blabbering gibberish to get mere political gain but it does not know the basic norms of diplomacy," Dr. Senaratne said..

Meanwhile, Peace Secretariat Chief Jayantha Dhanapala is reported to have told a Tamil national daily 'Uthayan', that even though the Government's main constituent which is the JVP was against the ISGA proposals the government would consider the proposals of the Tigers, the Government's peace Secretariat website said yesterday.

At the same time, there are several aspects in these proposals, which cannot be accepted. However, the government has to accept some. In like manner, the Tigers should also be prepared to consider and debate the alternative proposals of the government, Mr. Dhanapala had reportedly said