will put peace talks on correct path says Kadirgamar
The first press
conference of the newly formed United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) or
Freedom Alliance as they would like to be referred to was held this morning.
Marking momentous waves in the political sphere the SLFP and the JVP
yesterday sealed their political union.
Former foreign minister
Lakshman Kadirgamar, spoke for the UPFA today, and described the basis for
co-operation between the two parties. The SLFP-JVP MoU he said is based on
five basic principles: development of the economy, solving the national
question, preserving national heritage, an independent foreign policy and
He further said “there
was no question at all of the UPFA not talking with the LTTE. Instead the
direction of the talks will be set upon a ‘correct approach’.
The important factor here is that both parties have agreed to abide
by the wishes of the majority with regard to any solution”.
Kadirgamar assured the
ceasefire would stand and there would be a much broader approach to the
peace process, which he says had been quite exclusive so far. He also said
other parties would also be involved in the process as no one considered the
LTTE as the sole representatives of the Tamil people.
responding to the question regarding the role of peace broker Norway said it
would have to be re-considered.
Vijitha Herath of the JVP
said the Freedom Alliance would work towards increasing the national
productivity of the country and the private and government sectors would be
given equal opportunities.
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Date: January 21, 2004 -9.30