pleads to Mahinda to start talks
The Joint Business Forum (J-Biz) last week urged President Mahinda
Rajapakse to make the first move pertaining to the resumption of
peace talks with the LTTE and fix a date for negotiations as time
was running out.
a letter to the President, which was released to the media, J-Biz
chairman Nimal Perera – while extending the group’s
full cooperation to the government in this process – said
it was incumbent on the “governing body of the country to
make the first move. ”
we urge the government to make optimum use of mediators and immediately
fix a date to initiate discussions and make it happen in wherever
it be, before it is too late. This is the only way international
pressure could be brought on responsible parties,” he said.
of the letter: “Escalating violence and brutal killings and
rising tension in the north and east are serious matters for concern
not only for the Business Community but for the entire nation as
have not forgotten the suffering the citizen of the country had
to go through, the battering the economy got and more over the loss
of human lives and property during the 20-year period of war. It
is the responsibility of the business community to make representations
to the government whenever there is a major issue, which has a bearing
on the National economy and the people of the country.
in this country yearns for peace. Everyone accepts the fact that
there should be a negotiated settlement to the conflict. The government
has publicly announced that they are also committed to a negotiated
settlement but regret to note that a minor issue such as the venue
has rendered the peace talks a non-starter.
peace talks after a major disaster would be of no use. Many may
have differences of opinion with regard to the venue but this should
not be an issue if the government genuinely and positively wants
to go for a negotiated settlement.”