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Ranil wants paramilitary groups disarmed – TamilNet

Opposition and former Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is completing a short fellowship at MIT’s Center for International Studies (CIS) this week, addressed expatriate Tamils at the Boston Tamil Center on Friday at 6.30 pm, pro-LTTE TamilNet reported in a news story posted on its website on Friday (13)

Wickremesinghe spoke on the tenuous nature of the current peace process and said that only concerted action by co-chairs or India will be able to able to arrest the collapse of the peace process.

He said that the issue of paramilitiaries is one of the major causes for the deterioration of the ceasefire, and added that paramilitaries should be disarmed.

He talked about the peace process and the dialogue with the LTTE during his premiership, and also about the economic prospects for Sri Lanka. He said Sri Lanka unless conflict is brought under control Sri Lanka will not be able to utlize the economic opportunities that are currently available. These opportunities do not last forever, he said.

Mr Wickrmensinghe joined MIT’s Center for International Studies (CIS) on a short-term fellowship for discussions on the politics of the Indian Ocean region and conflict resolution in general.

"It is an exceptional opportunity for the MIT community to have Ranil here. He provides us with experience and insights. We hope and trust he will benefit from his visit as much as we are," said John Tirman, CIS director.

Mr Wickremesinghe also gave a seminar on "Beyond a militarized approach to terrorism: Experience from Sri Lanka," an event opened to public on Monday, May 8, 2006.-Island

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May 15, 2006 - Posted by | Media Journalism, News and politics, South Asia, World News

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