No Govt funds granted to LTTE - Cabinet Spokesman
COLOMBO: Media Minister and Cabinet Spokesman Anura
Priyadarshana Yapa yesterday vehemently denied allegations that funds
have been provided by the Government for the procurement of arms and
ammunition by the LTTE from Australia.
“We have not given a red cent. These are baseless and unfounded
allegations to tarnish the good name of the Government,” Yapa told the
Cabinet press briefing yesterday.
He said requests from the Opposition UNP for a Parliamentary Select
Committee (PSC) to probe this issue was solely a concern of the party
“PSCs could not be appointed to investigate into all these wild and
baseless allegations. There is a Parliamentary process and a tradition
in dealing with matters of this nature,” Minister Yapa stressed.
Responding to queries of journalists regarding the agitations over
the recent debate in British Parliament referring to the LTTE, Minister
Yapa was of the view that it was only a Motion by a member of Parliament
and certain other Members too have expressed their own views.
“It has been a Parliamentary motion and not the stand of the British
Government as a whole. Our Foreign Ministry has responded accordingly,”
Yapa said the SLFP proposals will be submitted to the All Party
Representative Committee (APRC) shortly for an open and free dialogue
and they were ready to make amendments as and if necessary.