The UNF government is prepared to forget the past and offer a greater role for the opposition in the current peace talks, if a consensus can be developed on the peace process and the economy, Minister G L Pieris says.
ldblquote The government wishes very strongly to put the strains and tensions, that have characterised the relationship between the two parties, behind us, to treat that that as a part of history, and move on in the interests of the nation
dblquote an optimistic Minister Pieris said in his usual, erudite and superfluously repetitive style.rn
rnldblquote All that acrimony, the bitterness, the vituperative politics which have bedeviled this nation, should now be a part of history,
dblquote Peiris told journalists on Thursday.rn
rnThe committee headed by Presidential Advisor Mano Tittawella and UNP Chairman Malik Samarawickrema will also try to arrive at a common ground on the economy.rn
rnldblquote If a foundation is to be laid for a process of economic development that is sustainab