|Wednesday, 3 March 2004|
PM pledges to resume peace process
Bharatha Malawaraarachchi and Bulathsinhala Special Corr. Milton Dharmasinghe
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday pledged that he would resume the stalled peace process with the LTTE after winning the forthcoming general election with a view to establish a lasting peace in the country.
"I will continue this process and negotiate with the LTTE to find a political solution to the prolonged conflict in this country and ensure that sustainable peace is established in Sri Lanka, the Premier added.
Addressing several election rallies held in Kalawana, Agalawatta, Baduraliya and Bulathsinhala, the Premier called on the people to extend a strong mandate to the United National Front (UNF) to establish peace and ensure economic prosperity.
"No other party can continue this peace process. It is only the UNF which has the experience, ability and correct vision to pursue this peace process and help bring peace to this war-torn country, the Premier said.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said the Freedom Alliance would miserably fail to achieve success in the peace process.
"The PA and JVP have disputes over the devolution of power and finding a lasting solution to the prolonged crisis. This dispute will drastically affect any attempt to find a solution to this national question," the Premier explained.
He emphasised that the April 02 General Election will be a decisive one as it would determine the future of the peace process of Sri Lanka.
"Peace is necessary to rebuild the devastated economy and to ensure rapid development,". Therefore we have to re-commence the peace process to find a lasting solution.
It is my firm objective to establish a sustainable peace. We cannot solve this prolonged crisis by resorting into a war. Only a political settlement can resolve the crisis."
Produced by Lake House