Harim eats humble
On the orders of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, her media spokesman
Harim Peiris has apologized to the LSSP and retracted his statement
about the traditional left parties losing their place to the JVP.
Mr. Peiris has
written to the LSSP's senior vice president Tissa Vitharana apologizing
for a statement he made at a recent news conference in the backdrop
of a difference between the SLFP and the LSSP over an ongoing dialogue
with the JVP.
Mr. Peiris responding
to a question at the news conference had said traditional left parties
had lost their electoral strength as against the JVP and thus the
SLFP was having talks with the JVP.
that there was a comparison of the relative electoral strengths
of the older and traditional left parties and the JVP. This was
inappropriate and is hereby retracted. I must reiterate the view
of the President that the LSSP was and remains an invaluable and
integral part of the PA and a key component of the progressive political
forces in Sri Lanka," Mr. Peiris said.
The Sunday Times
learns that President Kumaratunga had instructed Mr. Peiris to send
a letter to the LSSP, apologizing for the offensive statement.
next round of talks between the SLFP and the JVP is scheduled for
Thursday, with the PA General Secretary D.M. Jayaratne being invited
but other PA parties had not yet been consulted. Though it was earlier
decided to consult other PA parties before talks with the JVP, SLFP
sources said constituent parties would be briefed after the talks.