LTTE, GOSL discuss framework for political solution

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 04 December 2002, 15:01 GMT]
The negotiating teams of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers (LTTE) continued discussions on a framework for a political solution in Oslo Wednesday.

LTTE theoretician Mr. Anton Balasingham said Wednesday that the discussions were aimed at working out a viable framework.

The GOSL and LTTE delegations were hosted to lunch by Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Peterson Wednesday at the Hotel Continental in Oslo.

Oslo talks, 041202.
Mr. Balasingham and Prof. Peiris with Norwegian Foreign Minister Mr. Jan Peterson.

Talking to the press at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Oslo Tuesday night, Prof Peiris called the beginning of the political discussions “most significant. We have reached the point where the political solution can be addressed.”

“This is the crux of the matter,” he said.

Mr. Balasingham and Prof. Peiris head the political affairs committee of the peace negotiations. Prof. Peiris said that there was a “wide gap” between the LTTE and the government with regard to power-sharing but expressed confidence that this could be narrowed through negotiations.

Oslo talks, 041202.“It is now our task to work out the mechanisms by which power can be shared. It will be a long haul,” he observed.

The LTTE is being advised on this subject by various groups including a Canadian NGO called the Forum of Federations which is presenting federal and confederal models for it’s consideration.

Prof. Peiris and Balasingham had an informal meeting with the Forum at the Radisson Hotel on Tuesday morning.

“We will look at all these models, including those followed by some European countries,” Prof. Peiris said.

“We will not copy any of these models but adapt them to best suit our situation,” he said.

The Third round has a total of six sessions, which are due to end Wednesday afternoon. The government, the LTTE and the Norwegian facilitators are due to address a joint Press Conference after the final session.

Oslo talks, 041202.


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