heavyweight Milinda Moragoda is expected to visit New Delhi for
urgent consultations regarding ongoing efforts to forge an
alliance between the ruling coalition and the UNP. Moragoda is
likely to leave for New Delhi today.
Speculation is rife that New Delhi and donor
co-chairs, namely the US, EU, Norway and Japan, are trying to
work out a deal that would propel the Sri Lankan government and
the LTTE to resume negotiations.
Moragoda Friday evening had a one-to-one meeting
with President Mahinda Rajapakse to discuss the entire gamut of
issues. "It was a fruitful meeting," a well informed source
said. The discussion centred on a framework for negotiations for
the forthcoming talks between the government and the UNP.
The meeting took place hours after Moragoda
returned from an overseas visit, the sources said. Moragoda, who
played a key role in the Oslo-led peace process during Ranil
Wickremesinghe’s tenure as the Prime Minister, is expected to
brief Indian officials of the current status of affairs,
particularly relating to an alliance between Rajapakse and
Wickremesinghe. Moragoda has agreed to share his experience with
The Island learns that Rajapakse wanted to meet
Moragoda ahead of his scheduled confab with Messrs
Wickremesinghe and Karu Jayasuriya.
Moragoda briefed Wickremesinghe of the outcome
of his discussion with Rajapakse, the source said.
Party sources emphasised that the meeting took
place with the knowledge of Wickremesinghe who is scheduled to
meet Rajapalse along with Jayasuriya today.
Wickremesinghe and Presidential advisor Basil
Rajapakse recently visited India. Their discussions centred on
the current crisis triggered by the LTTE’s abortive bid to
control the Mavilaru sluice gates.