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Last updated: 04 October, 2004 - Published 14:47 GMT
 
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NACPR is a delaying tactic - UNP
 
The call for the National Advisory Council on Peace and Reconciliation (NACPR) by the President is a delaying tactic to postpone the peace talks, alleges the main opposition.

Former United National Party (UNP) led government's chief negotiator prof. GL Peiris said that the UNP political committee, which met Monday morning in Colombo, has once again decided not to change the party’s stance.

A blank cheque
 We have assured the President if these talks directed towrds an establishment of an interim structure within the Tokyo and Oslo declarations we will fully support those discussions. We have virtually given her a blank cheque.
 
Prof. G L Peiris

He said the peace talks cannot be started if there is no clear response from the part of the government to the question whether the government is prepared to initiate peace talks on the basis of the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) proposals by the Tamil Tigers.

"The JVP has very strong views on this matter, and that is preventing the President from starting the talks. That is an internal problem of the government which has to be resolved within the government. The opposition has no role to play in that." Prof. Peiris told BBC Sandeshaya.

As the President's letter clearly indicated that the committee she is setting up is going to meet once a month, the UNP sees this as a delaying tactic, Peiris said.

"Once the talks start then certainly we are prepared to play a very vigorous role in the discussions of the advisory committee.

We have categorically assured the President if these talks directed towrds an establishment of an interim structure within the Tokyo and Oslo declarations we will fully support those discussions. We have virtually given a blank cheque to the government."

 
 
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