US Ambassador in Sri Lanka Robert O Blake, has emphasised upon the need that the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) deviates from divisive, emotive terms like `federalism` and `unitary` in its endeavor of drawing up a solution to the ethnic problem. Addressing a seminar on `Sri Lanka: the Way Forward,` =96 Ambassador Blake noted that the Sri Lanka Government had achieved some important victories during the last several months. `The expulsion of the LTTE from the east and the recent sinking of several LTTE ships, carrying arms and other provisions, mark important successes of the military. `But these tactical successes should not tempt the Government to re-consider whether Sri Lanka`s conflict can be won by military means. It cannot,` he emphasized. `While the Government must continue to defend the nation against terrorist attacks, the way forward lies in continuing to lay the basis for a negotiated settlement that will meet the aspirations of all of Sri Lanka`s communities: Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese,` Blake said. He pointed out that a key part of that equation will be for the All Party Representative Committee to complete its important work on a power-sharing proposal. From all accounts the APRC has made substantial progress. But difficult issues remain that will test whether all Sri Lanka`s parties can work together to arrive at a just and equitable proposal that will receive the support of Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese, Blake said. `To achieve a compromise that will lead to lasting peace will require statesmanship from all sides and the will to put national interest above narrow party interests. The governing coalition must demonstrate it represents the interests of all Sri Lankans, not just southern Sinhalese,` he said. The Ambassador also called on the UNP, which is credited for the important steps it took to usher in peace in 2002-2003, should, to build on that record of achievement, for the sake of all Sri Lankans, and work responsibly with the Government to ensure a successful APRC outcome.