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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2644

Geneva talks in addition to core issues identified would concentrate also on findings by expert panel and all party committee

By Walter Jayawardhana

Colombo, 14 October, (Asiantribune.com): President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a discussion with some of the members of the Sri Lanka’s peace delegation said, in addition to the core issues that have been already identified to be discussed, some of the new findings of the All Party Representative Committee and panel of experts also should be addressed when they meet the LTTE delegation over peace in Geneva.President Mahinda Rajapaksa briefing some members of the Government’s delegation for the October 28-29 peace talks at Temple Trees yesterday. Chief Negotiator Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, Ministers Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and Ferial Ashraff, Peace Secretariat Chief Dr. Palitha Kohona, Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal and former IGP Chandra Fernando participated.President Mahinda Rajapaksa briefing some members of the Government’s delegation for the October 28-29 peace talks at Temple Trees yesterday. Chief Negotiator Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, Ministers Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and Ferial Ashraff, Peace Secretariat Chief Dr. Palitha Kohona, Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal and former IGP Chandra Fernando participated.

Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary General of the Sri Lanka government’s Peace Secretariat who participated in these initial discussions said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was informed that the All Party Representative Committee and the Panel of Experts have advanced considerably on their findings during this discussion.

President Rajapaksa said, according to Kohona, that a number of issues that have been identified by the Panel of Experts as causing serious concern to the minorities must be addressed immediately.

Multi-party system , pluralism, human rights, child recruitment for war, development of North and East and devolution of power have been already identified as core issues to be discussed at the peace talks by the government.

In the lead up to the Geneva peace talks, Dr. Kohona said , “The Peace Secretariat will organize a workshop on negotiation techniques for the members of the delegation.”

Government circles said Health minister Nimal Siripala De Silva is expected to lead the government delegation this time.

Kohona said so far the full government delegation has not been finalized. But most of the government ministers and other members who were included in the delegation last February are expected to be included this time too.

The following participated in the discussions with the President: Minister of Health Care, Nutrition & Leader of the House Nimal Siripala de Silva, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Chief government Whip Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Minister of Housing & Construction Ms Ferial Ashraff, Media Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge, Secretary General SCOPP Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary Foreign Ministry H.M.G.S. Palihakkara, H.L de Silva PC, Gomin Dayasri, Chandra Fernando and Coordinating Secretary to the President Sajin Vaas Goonewardena.

- Asian Tribune -

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