The UNP yesterday said the lack of consistency among the government allies on the peace process triggered the LTTE`s decision to pull out from next week`s talks in Geneva.
Party stalwart Jayalath Jayawardane told the Daily Mirror that diverse opinions were raised at the recent All Party Conference by the JVP and the JHU regarding the previous round of talks in Geneva where the government had also agreed to disarm paramilitary groups and strengthen the Ceasefire Agreement.
?At the last APC, the JVP insisted on the need to remove Norway as the facilitator, the JHU wanted to amend the ceasefire agreement while government Minister Tissa Vitharana spoke about amending the ceasefire agreement unilaterally,? Dr. Jayawardana said adding that this situation has resulted in the escalation of violence.
Meanwhile, the JVP yesterday said the LTTE`s decision to withdraw from talks showed that it was not willing to reach a negotiated settlement.
?The Government and other groups including the international community should realise this reality at least now that the LTTE will not abandon its terrorist activities until it achieves the final target of establishing a separate state of Eelam,? JVP Parliamentary Group Leader Wimal Weerawansa said.
The JHU urged the government to withdraw from the ceasefire agreement with the LTTE and ban the terrorist organization within the country.
Responding to the LTTE`s indefinite withdrawal from peace talks, JHU General Secretary Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thera said the ceasefire agreement had turned out to be a farce and it only allowed the LTTE to make absurd demands from the government. The Thera said the government was jeopardizing the lives of security personnel in the North and East by continuing to remain with the ceasefire agreement.?Peace was never the intention of the LTTE and said that it is giving childish excuses to evade talks and moves to bring permanent peace,? he said.