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* Marxist party accuses Sri Lankan government of playing a dual role
Fri, Mar 12, 2010, 07:49 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna today accused the government of playing a dual role when international issues were concerned by saying one thing to the Sri Lankan community and another to the international community.

JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva told the media that it is firmly against any foreign interference in the country's internal affairs and is also against the dual approach taken by the government in dealing with international issues.

Silva said that the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was planning on appointing an expert panel to advise him on Sri Lankan affairs was not to probe the violation of human rights in the country but to review the progress of certain agreements that Sri Lanka reached with the UN after the defeat of the LTTE last year.

The UN Chief last week informed the Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa that he will name a panel of experts to advise him on the way forward on accountability issues related to Sri Lanka.

However, according to the JVP General Secretary, the government was misinterpreting the issue just to receive more votes at the upcoming general elections.

He noted that the government after initially saying it would not beg for the renewal of the GSP Plus trade concession was now sending a delegation to the European Union to beg for the same concessions.

"The government was also campaigning for a two-thirds majority in Parliament at the next general election promising a change in constitution. But it is yet to announce what sort of constitution it is to present as an alternative. Will it be another J.R. Jayewardene constitution like the present one, which we want to get rid of right now," Silva asked.

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