CBK may bypass Parliament
JVP expresses strong
opposition amidst signs of revolt
President Chandrika Kumaratunga has offered to study ways
of bypassing Parliament and use her constitutional powers to meet
the Tiger guerrilla demand for an Interim Self Governing Authority
such 'interim political measures' she emphasized in a broadcast
to the nation last night should be "within the contours of
the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the country."
indications of President Kumaratunga showing flexibility towards
the LTTE demand to "implement the ISGA" proposals emerged
during a meeting with the TNA at the Janadipathi Mandiraya on Thursday
told the Tamil parliamentarians she was willing to talk on the ISGA
proposals in as far as it served as a mechanism for handling finances
and development activities in the North and East - a recommendation
made two weeks ago by donor Co chairs as a means to restart direct
is learnt to have pointed out that she as President, could establish
such a mechanism, as long as it was within Sri Lanka's sovereignty
and territorial integrity, without even recourse to Parliament.
that, she had pointed out, she could invoke powers vested in her
in accordance with the Constitution. The provisions cited was section
33 . In terms of this section, inter alia, the President is empowered
to keep the "Public Seal", such grants and dispositions
of lands and immovable property vested in the Republic "as
he/she is by law required or empowered to do…."
Kumaratunga's official statement on the UPFA government's position
on the LTTE demand for an Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA)
and the peace talks was made in a broadcast to the nation last night.
The recorded address went on TV and radio hours after President
Kumaratunga took an Emirates Airways flight to Dubai en route to
London on a private visit. She is expected to be away for nearly
the speech, which was released to the media early yesterday, the
President said her government and the LTTE "have not yet reached
agreement" on how to proceed.
before the text of her address to the nation was released, the major
constituent partner of the UPFA, the JVP had decided to strongly
oppose any moves by the government to discuss the ISGA proposals
with the LTTE.
JVP's politburo met in emergency session on Friday night to take
the decision. Whilst deciding not to support any moves for a discussion
on the ISGA, the politburo has decided to take what JVP sources
only described as "extreme action" if its wishes were
not heeded. These sources did not elaborate what this "extreme
action" meant and refused to comment when asked whether it
would amount to the JVP quitting the UPFA.
her address to the nation President Kumaratunga said the LTTE would
like the talks to focus only on proposals to set up an Interim Authority.
This was while her government has indicated the need to engage in
discussions on a permanent solution to the conflict whilst "prioritizing
the need" to agree on the structures of the Interim Authority.