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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

The Advisability to have Japan as Co-Facilitator

[b]The Advisability to have Japan as Co-Facilitator to the Peace Efforts in Sri Lanka[/b]

By Professor Laksiri Fernando - Ryukoku University, Japan

War is not an option for Sri Lanka. The damage and the destruction that the war has inflicted upon the country and its peoples are testimony to this reality. Those who wish to be blind to this realism and act differently are doomed to fail in their political objectives at a greater risk and disaster to their communities and to the country at large.

This reality is valid both to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL), two main adversaries at the war front, although the conflict involves many others both as stakeholders and victims. This is not at all to equate the LTTE with the GoSL or vise versa, but to indicate that the legitimate build up of armed forces by a legitimate government should limit to that, without allowing it to go loose at the fringes, knowingly or unknowingly.

The peace process has come to a standstill and has in fact failed, at least in its current phase. There are so many people who are responsible for the situation. Of course the intransigence of the parties to the conflict has been the main stumbling block, pressured or encouraged by various parties internally and externally. India also should take a major responsibility to the situation while its good will, cooperation and participation are quite necessary to resolve the conflict.

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