He was responding to a news item published in a Sunday weekly under the heading TNA demands solution before New Year, decisive talks tomorrow quoting TNA Parliamentarian MP M A Sumanthiran.
Issuing a statement MP Vass Gunawardena said: ‘Hon M A Sumanthiran has stated to the Sunday Lakbimanews of December 18, 2011, “TNA demands solution before New Year, decisive talks tomorrow”. As a member and Secretary to the committee appointed to have discussions with the TNA. I wish to state categorically that this is not correct.
‘The government delegation talks which comprises ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, G L Peiris and MPs Sajin de Vass Gunawardena and Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha is continuing and no such deadlines have been agreed to and or even discussed. It is highly irresponsible of the TNA to make such ‘loose’ and ‘callous’ statements especially since the government has already moved in Parliament for the appointment of a Parliamentary Select Committee.
‘Any final solution will only be through the PSC process, the TNA should refrain from undermining this process and in the least respect the supremacy of Parliament and be genuine in participating in the process so as to reach the objectives of the PSC acceptable to all political parties represented in Parliament fulfilling the aspirations of all communities in Sri Lanka.’