Leftist parties urge PM to sign MoU with President
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 06 January 2004, 14:06 GMT]
The Nava Lanka Sama Samaja Party (NLSSP), Democratic Left Front (DLF), Sri
Lanka Communist Party (SLCP) and Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) Tuesday
said they had informed Sri Lanka's Prime Minister to sign a Memorandum of
Understanding with the President on three points to bring about a conducive environment to restart the peace process.
The three points proposed by the left political parties are:
- the Peoples
Alliance should halt all steps to form an alliance with racists parties and
- to accept the MoU signed with the Liberation Tigers of
Tamil Eelam as a factor of peace, and
- accepting the LTTE's interim
self-governing authority (ISGA) proposal as an initial step for discussion,
NLSSP leader Dr.Wickremabahu Karunaratne said at a press briefing held Tuesday.
"If such an agreement or MoU could be reached between the two major
political parties we think the defense ministry under the President will
not become an obstacle to restart the peace process which has been stalled
since April last year," said Dr.Wickremabahu Karunaratne.
Dr.Karunaratne further said that under the present constitution the current
political crisis would continue even there was an election. The President
also must utilize her strength to achieve lasting peace.
The leaders of four leftists parties Messrs Dr.Wickremabahu Karunaratne
(NLSSP), Vasudeva Nanayakkara (DLF), Indika Gunawardene (SLCP) and Lal
(LSSP) Monday met with the Prime Minister Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe at the
latter's official residence "Temple Trees" and discussed in detail
regarding the current political impasse in taking forward the peace process
following the take over the three key ministries from the United National
Front government. UNF ministers Messrs Professor G.L.Peiris and Rajitha
Senaratne participated in the discussion, sources said.