|Wednesday, 18 June 2003|
|Politics||Today's Top Story|
Other party leaders to be briefed
The structure of the machinery to utilise the aid pledged at the Tokyo Aid Conference has to be discussed with other party leaders, stated Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, addressing a special meeting of the Ministers in Parliament yesterday (June 17).
Briefing the Minister's of his intention, the Premier disclosed that talks in this regard will be held with party leaders within this week. He further told the Ministers that with regard to allocation of funds for the reconstruction of the North East, a consensus has to be reached with the LTTE and emphasised the need to take steps for the formulation of an Interim Administrative Structure for that purpose.
The Premier also expressed the view that the intended Interim Administrative Structure will have to be formulated by consulting other political parties and that it should ensure the rights of other ethnic groups including the Sinhala and the Muslim people.
Explaining the aims of the Tokyo Aid Conference, the Premier said that the international community, in granting such massive aid reposed implicit confidence in our Government that we would establish lasting peace. Therefore, we have a great responsibility to make 100 percent use of the aid so granted.
Ministers Professor G.L. Peiris and Rauff Hakeem also briefed the Ministers about the Tokyo Conference.
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