Peace Advice

Jan. 29 (LBR) – Big business can do more to cement the peace process by focusing on weak links like human rights and promoting pluralism according to experts. Jan. 29 (LBR) – Big business can do more to cement the peace process by focusing on weak links like human rights and promoting pluralism according to experts. South Africa’s transfer to democracy after years of Apartheid rule was difficult but achieved with a push from the big businesses there.

The CEO of the National business initiative, set up to promote responsible business leadership in South Africa, told the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce that its 170 or so membership played a key role in the transition to democracy.

Businesses identified weak areas in the peace process and concentrated on those to start with.

Political watchers here also say there are weak areas that can be identified with Sri Lanka’s peace moves with LTTE.

“I think the weaknesses here are that the pluralism and human rights are not sufficiently strongly urged by the negotiating teams,” points out Rohan Edrisinha, Political Analyst.

Direct involvement in negotiations of the National Business Initiative, which