LTTE committed to resume talks: PM
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his address to the United
Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday stated that Sri Lanka
had initiated a fundamental change in policy and strategy when moving
away from conflict towards peace and reiterated the commitment of
the Government and the LTTE to resume peace talks.
The Prime Minister
stated that it was nothing unusual to find the parties involved
in negotiating a durable peace to find themselves in a 'temporary
impasse in the talks'.
the next few weeks we should know the results of a comprehensive
review undertaken by the LTTE in response to our earlier proposals
regarding an interim administrative arrangement for the north and
east of our country. That they should take so much time and effort
can be seen as a positive sign", he said.
added that the Government will look positively at the proposals
put forward by the LTTE and will do everything to keep the peace
process and bring it to a successful conclusion.
our collective efforts, handsomely supported by the international
community and the multilateral agencies, at providing relief, rehabilitation
and development to the conflict affected areas of the country proceeds
apace. Economic growth is marching ahead from a negative growth
of one percent in the year 2001 to a possible 6% this year and tourism
is booming", Mr. Wickremesinghe said.
The role of
the international community was hailed and appreciated by the Prime
Minister who stated that the efforts enabled both parties to move
from war to peace. "The facilitation that Norway provided has
resulted in bringing the Government and the LTTE together for several
rounds of negotiations. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's continuing
declaration of her commitment to a political solution has been invaluable",
the Premier said.
Ranil Wickremesinghe shifting his stand from the peace process spoke
of the urgent need for restructuring the world body. 'As a result
of the adequacy and effectiveness of the rules and instruments devised
over 50 years ago, to bring order and reason to the post World War
11 international scene, are being questioned.
irrelevance of the current multilateral rules and institutions to
deal with the manifold problems of today compel our urgent attention",
As a first
step the Premier proposed that the Secretary General and a carefully
selected group of political leaders could come up with recommendations
for Reforms of the United Nations. "Their recommendations could
be placed before a special session of the General Assembly at which
Heads of States and Governments will be presented", the Prime
Minister of Sri Lanka said.