Seven vital points for peace talks from government
by Department of Government Information
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has forwarded seven important concerns to be discussed at the peace talks, to the co-chairs representatives yesterday at the meeting held at temple trees.
"So far the talks were centred to the periphery of Ceasefire Agreement, number of participants etc. but not the substantial or core issues. I think it is high time now of this 23 years old war and the number of discussions held so far, to concern more on these critical issues," Defense spokesperson, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said at the weekly media briefing at Media Centre for National security held today. Hence, President forwarded seven core issues to the co-chairs representatives that should be taken up at the peace talks, minister said.
As Minister Rambukwella explained the core issues for discussions are as follows.
1. Democracy -
2. Multi Party Political System
Multiple party political system must be allowed to exist to let people to pursue their political activities, Minister added.
3. Pluralism -
4. Human Rights -
Further speaking minister noted that human rights should work both ways, not one way.
5. Child Soldiers / recruiting of children for combat should be totally stopped.
6. Development of North and East -
7. Devolution of power -
All Party Representative Committee (APRC) met yesterday for pre-discussions to draft a devolution package based on the Indian Panchayath system. APRC hopes to study the implications of the Panchayath system to ensure devolution at village level in India.
Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brattskar is scheduled to convey these seven topic message of the chief-of-state to the LTTE today.
"Ceasefire Agreement should not be the only solution," minister stressed. He also mentioned that government does not wish to strictly trap in to the Ceasefire Agreement.
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