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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

New road map to peace outlined by President Mahinda.........

[b]New road map to peace outlined by President Mahinda Rajapakse[/b]

Colombo, 26 November, ( In opening the new session of Parliament yesterday (November 25) President, Mahinda Rajapakse, outlined his new road map to peace.

Rejecting the homeland concept of the LTTE and emphasizing "that the entire territory is the homeland of all communities" he stated that his road to peace is through "discussion instead of war". In going down this road he said that his "Government is ready to have direct talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam."

Highlighting that the "failure of the United Front Government’s peace efforts was the result of the peace talks being confined only to the Government and the LTTE" the new President said: "The political solution to a lasting solution should be on the basis of consensus reached through discussion among all parties linked to the problem and it should receive the approval of the majority of the people of this country."

He also outlined the following preliminary steps as a part of his "new peace process to usher in a lasting peace through a political solution to the country’s national question":

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