By signing the present cease-fire agreement, the Wickremesinghe Government intends to call a halt to the escalation of violence and distrust in our land and create a social climate in which co-operation and exchanges among all communities will demonstrate the advantages that peace offers to all our citizens. However, for the security of all concerned, these initiatives will be carried out a step at a time, said Minister of Economic Reform, Science & Technology Milinda Moragoda.
While those outside forces attempt to guarantee a comparative approach, and warn of potential defection, both sides may be expected to act with restraint and prudence to achieve better prospects for all. The government certainly intends to take each agreed step watchfully, in the expectation of co-operation from the other side, but also with due prudence, the Minister told a seminar on “the public mandate for peace and rebuilding of trust as a prerequisite for conflict resolution”, at the Blue Water hotel, Wadduwa. (NW)