Lanka peace depends on truce: Wickremasinghe
The former premier said that the future of peace in the troubled nation hinges on the ceasefire agreement of February 2002.india Updated: Dec 02, 2006 16:23 IST
Long-term peace in Sri Lanka depends on the government-LTTE ceasefire agreement and the MoU signed between the Island nation's two main political parties, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has said.
The future of peace in the troubled nation hinges on the ceasefire agreement of February 2002 between the government and LTTE and the MoU signed in October 2006 between United National Party and Sri Lanka Freedom Party, he said here delivering a lecture on "Peace - Putting the Pieces Together" at Indian Institute of Management on Friday.
Sri Lanka Freedom Party is the main constituent of the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance, and United National Party the main opposition headed by him.
Wickremasinghe said the emphasis has shifted to the MoU as a means to kick-start the peace process by proposing a political solution.
"The implementation of provisions of the MoU will result in formulating a proposal for a political situation, which will form the basis of discussion between the government and the LTTE," Wickremasinghe said.
"This proposal will re-activate the ceasefire agreement leading to simultaneous negotiations on all three tracks of the peace process -- the ceasefire, the humanitarian relief and political discussions," he said.
The MoU outlines areas of cooperation to resolve the over two-decade-long Tamil minorities problem in that country.