Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, founder and President of Sarvodaya, stated today in a Washington Post article that political cooperation between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE is necessary if the tsunami disaster relief effort is to be complete and successful. He said that
Neither the Tigers nor the government “can repair this unprecedented damage without some kind of political settlement,” said A.T. Ariyaratne, the founder and president of the Sarvodaya Movement, Sri Lanka’s largest nongovernmental organization. “Both sides can’t go to war. That is definite. This is a very great opportunity we have where both sides should come together first for relief, then for rehabilitation, which can be followed with reconciliation.
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