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Last updated: 04 October, 2004 - Published 11:04 GMT
 
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National Advisory Council inaugurated
 
President Chandrika Kumaratunge and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse chairing the NACPR meeting at the President's secratariate. (Photo Elmo Fernando)
The inaugural meeting of the National Advisory Council on Peace and Reconciliation (NACPR) went ahead as scheduled despite the main opposition and several other parties boycotting the event.

The main opposition United National Party (UNP), Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) were among the political groups who boycotted proceedings.

The President says that the decision of the UNP to keep away from these consultations is unfortunate.

President Kumaratunga has requested the leader of the opposition to reconsider his decision to keep away.

 I do not understand how you expect my present government to enter into negotiations with the LTTE on the basis of the two proposals when the LTTE has strongly rejected your proposal many times over
 
President to Wickramasinghe

She also points out that there is a need to come up with honest and workable solutions.

The president reminds Ranil Wickramasinha that proposals put forward by the UNP have twice been rejected by Tamil Tigers (LTTE).

The President querries "I do not understand how you expect my present government to enter into negotiations with the LTTE on the basis of the two proposals when the LTTE has strongly rejected your proposal many times over".

 
 
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