Sri Lanka needs better peace proposals: minister

May 31, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka needs peace proposals acceptable to the
main political parties and the Tamil speaking community to put
pressure on the Tamil Tigers to resume peace talks, a senior
government minister has said. The proposals would also assure Tamils that their aspirations and
grievances will be addressed by any future government.

Tamil Tigers fighting to carve out a separate homeland for ethnic
minority Tamils in the north and east of the island refused to
negotiate with the government citing disagreements among mainstream
political parties.

“If the government gets its proposals right there will be serious
pressure on the Tigers to come seriously into talks,” Cabinet minister
and the chairman of the All Party Representatives Committee (APRC),
Tissa Vitarana said.

He was addressing the CIMA World Conference in Colombo on peace
building in Sri Lanka.

Tamils would be assured their grievances would be addressed by future
governments if the APRC yields a set of proposals which the main
political parties accept and which are also “reasonably acceptable” to
the Tamil speaking people, he said.

The all party representatives committee was established to work out a
set of proposals as