Friday, November 25, 2005

South will decide the fate of Tamils – Sri Lankan Government

The government said yesterday that it will only restart peace talks with the Tamil Tigers after obtaining consensus from the Sinhala South.

Newly appointed media minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa told yesterday`s cabinet press briefing, that the government needed time to obtain the views from the Sinhala South before it can decide on the fate of the Tamil speaking North-East.

The Government Peace Secretariat, he said, would be headed by John Gunaratne following the resignation of Jayantha Dhanapala.

Asked whether Norway would continue as the facilitator between the government and LTTE, Yapa said that all matters pertaining to the peace process were under discussion and it would be premature to make any specific comments.

Meanwhile Mr Rajapaksa reiterated his election pledge of resolving the North-East issue within a unitary state, which the majority of the southern electorate has voted for at the presidential election.

This stance of the President may put an end to the three year long peace process which was founded on the basis of a federal solution. The international community has overwhelmingly voiced itself in favour of the federal solution.

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