Government in unofficial talks
The government is continuously engaged in
unofficial dialogue with the LTTE to bring them to the
negotiation table and to minimise CFA violations, Presidential
sources told ‘The Nation’ yesterday.
"It looks as if the peace groups within the LTTE
are weak due to the pressure exerted by the military wing of the
LTTE. The military wing believes that the government is trying
to drag them into a peace trap more effectively than the Ranil
Wickremesinghe administration," he said.
This is the first time that the south has come
together, he said adding that President Rajapaksa was able to
get all the opposing forces together to take the country
forward. "The JHU agreeing for an Indian model is another
achievement towards this effort," he said.
He added that the government does not expect the
Co-chairs to get involved in banning the LTTE. He said that if
this position is pursued it will have a negative effect on the
peace process. "The task before the Co-chairs today is to bring
peace and to take forward the peace process. The immediate
challenge before them is to bring the LTTE back to the
negotiation table," he said.
"Incidentally we hope that the EU would take the
decision to ban the LTTE after its own assessments. For the
first time India, Pakistan and China have expressly supported
our peace efforts," he said.
Meanwhile Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Peace
secretariat head Palitha Kohona and Treasury Secretary PB
Jayasundara are presently in Japan ahead of the Co-chairs meet
to present Sri Lanka’s case to obtain an aid package.