'National commitment to ensure long term peace, govt's aim'
The government's priority is to pursue a national commitment to
ensure long term peace in the country by resolving national issues
through the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), Mass Media and
Information Minister and Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said. He
was responding to a question from a journalist at the weekly Cabinet
press briefing at the ministry yesterday.
The minister said the government at its best, attempts to bring
representatives of all parties to the PSC roundtable.
Rambukwella said the agenda of the PSC could be formed when the
negotiations start and early demarcations will not be prudent for it.
He said the government would like to start negotiations with other
political parties as the initial step.
Asked about the NFF's recent statement on the TNA on its reference to
Eelam, the minister said the government does not mar the freedom of any
political party or individual to seek legal action on any incident.
Rambukwella said it is not legally and ethically right to object to
judicial freedom of the constituent parties of the government.
He recalled how court gave a favourable decision to the JHU on the
matter of joining the North and East provinces some time back.
Explaining the government's stance on the TNA reference to Eelam, the
minister said the government will take a decision in this regard in the