UPF commends Norwegian role in Sri Lank's peace process
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 22 February 2005, 16:28 GMT]
Mr.Periyasamy Chandrasekaran, leader of the Upcountry Peoples Front (UPF)
and an elected member of Sri Lanka parliament, appealed to the Norwegian
government, in a statement issued Tuesday, to continue its facilitator role in the peace process in Sri
Lanka without succumbing to pressures by "chauvinistic elements" attempting to derail the peace process.
UPF issued this statement to mark the completion of the third year of the
Ceasefire Agreement signed between the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on 22 February, 2002.
"Norway came to the rescue with courage as a facilitator three years ago
when Sri Lanka's future was bleak with the war destroying much of the infrastructure in the NorthEast and Sri Lanka's economy was crumbling. Because of the Norwegian
facilitation the ceasefire agreement has been holding for the last three
years without disruption," the statement said.
Norway entering as a facilitator would have clearly
understood that to find a political solution to the ethnic problem trust
and better mutual understanding between the parties concerned are needed,
Because of Norwegian facilitatory role several countries are impressing upon the
Government of Sri Lanka that it can find a lasting political solution to the ethnic problem
only through talks with the LTTE, the UPF statement said.