Second Chance

A chat with a peace advocate on what the current wave of attacks could mean for the peace process. A chat with a peace advocate on what the current wave of attacks could mean for the peace process. Thirty five people were killed in violence in two weeks in a serious undermining of the peace process.

Peace broker Norway, which was invited to continue its facilitation, was
also putting conditions on both parties to resume its role.

Apprehensive financial markets are looking for direction from the government, LTTE and the international helpers of the peace process.

Excerpts from an interview with Dr. Kumar Rupesinghe, Chairman, Foundation for Co-existence, an NGO.

Shamindra Kulamannage: What options do you think the President has since he was elected on a platform of striking a harder line with the LTTE?

Kumar Rupesinghe: There was no mention of Norway in the President’s inaugural speech or in the presentation in parliament later.

But now Minister Mangala Samaraweera has met the Norwegians in Hong Kong and has accepted the Norway’s participation. But