The fact that Norway has failed in its task as facilitators, is clearly indicated in President Chandrika Kumaratunga`s request to the UN to play a role in the peace process, JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe said yesterday.
He said the JVP was not focusing its attention on the future peace talks, but after the presidential polls they would decide about what steps should be taken
UN special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi was in Sri Lanka to help revive the country`s faltering peace process on a request for help from President Chandrika Kumaratunga. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan sent Brahimi on a four-day visit that began Fridayin response to the appeal, the sources said. The visit came amid efforts by the Norwegians to persuade the government and the Tigers to review the truce, which was severely strained after the August 12 assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.
A ceasefire remains in force. But Norwegian-brokered peace talks between the government and the rebels have remained on hold since April 2003 after six rounds of face-to-face negotiations which began in September 2002.
Amarasinghe said the Norwegians, who were here as peace facilitators, wer playing a role supportive of the Tigers. He said the JVP could not make any comment , just yet, on the UN`s involvement in the peace process.
JVP Parliamentary group leader and propaganda secretary Wimal Weerawansa said that they would decide on the peace process and future peace talks under the new President. `We think that this is not the time to decide on the peace process. It is something that the next President should decide.
Meanwhile, the Jahika Hela Urumaya (JHU) opposed the involvement of the UN in the peace process.
`Norway`s role in the peace process is totally partial. But, the involvement of the UN would enable the LTTE to gain international recognition. Sri Lanka should seek the involvement of friendly countries such as India, China, Pakistan and Russia instead of Norway,` Omalpe Sobitha thera, General Secretary of the JHU told The Island. He added that the government would be contributing to the LTTE achieving its goal of a separate state, by involving the UN in the process.