A group of academics has stressed that seeking a military solution to the national problem would completely deny peace in Sri Lanka.
It said in an appeal, `it is the unresolved ethnic problem and the prolonged military conflict that have created conditions for the abhorrent human rights violations and unbearable sufferings of the internally displaced persons.
`Power sharing with maximum devolution of power to the minorities within a united Sri Lanka is the way to peace.`
`We call for immediate ceasefire, and negotiations between the warring groups to recommence with the goal of setting up an interim administrative structure for the north east of the country as first step to permanent peace,` the academics added.
Signatories to the appeal are Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratne, Dr. Selvy Thiruchandran, Dr. Nimalka Fernando, V. Thirunaveukkarasu, Prof. Kumar David, Chamil Jayanetti, Dr. Jayampathi Wickramaratne, Prof. Sumanasiri Liyanage, Prof. S. Ganesan, Dr. S.P. Wickramasinghe, Prof. Gamini Kulatunga, Prof. Michael Fernando, Kuhanendran, Kugadasan, Lakshman Gunasekara, P.S. Soosaithasan, Sabry, Seelan Kadirkamar, and Varda Kumar.