... Agrees to share Peace talks experience with Govt.
Moragoda to Delhi on Govt., UNP tie up
by Shamindra Ferdinando

UNP 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 Rajapakse’s government.

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.


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