Govt. to present political proposals soon
The Government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa is fully capable of
presenting a set of political proposals that satisfy and receive the
consent of all. The Government will present this set of political
proposals shortly, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said.
Addressing the media at his office in Colombo yesterday, Minister
Bogollagama said the main objective of the Government is achieving
sustainable stability and peace.
The APRC is now in its final stage of drafting proposals. The
Government is not focusing on banning the LTTE at the moment and the
doors are always open for talks, he said.
Explaining the background and related issues to the abrogation of the
CFA, Minister Bogollagama said the abrogation of the CFA does not mean
that the facilitation extended by the Norwegian Government to the Sri
Lankan Government also ends with it.
The Government immensely values the contribution of the facilitators,
Co-chairs and the international community towards negotiations, the
The diplomatic community understood the facts and agreed with the
Government’s decision to abrogate the CFA, he said.
The Government decided to abrogate the CFA after carefully
considering the ground realities, all unfolding events and acting
honestly in a realistic way.
The SLMM gave up monitoring the CFA violations in April, 2007 because
the number of violations had increased.
There was no original document of the CFA but all bilateral
agreements should be duplicated according to the procedure, the Minister
Under the CFA, Sri Lanka was not a sovereign State and the present
Government made Sri Lanka a sovereign State, Bogollagama said.
The Sri Lankan Government does not want to undermine its sovereign
status, he said.
There is no need of another CFA because violence must be ceased and
there is no room for any type of violence.
What is needed today is a pragmatic agenda, the Minister added.
Answering a question by a journalist, Bogollagama said if the
Government wanted to satisfy the JVP it would have abrogated the CFA in
2005 and not in 2008.
A piece of paper does not mean anything to anyone. What matters is
action, the Minister said.
Even during the CFA the then Government received only around US$ 283
million in foreign funds but in the middle of a conflict, the present
Government received US $ 600 million which clearly shows that the
business community and investors did not care about the CFA, he added.
Bogollagama said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Sri
Lanka in 2008.