Professor G.L. Peiris, the Sri Lankan minister of export development and international trade, met with senior officials of the Forum of Federations on June 28, 2007. He discussed the political situation in Sri Lanka and options for a constitutional settlement in the near future.
The minister met with Forum President George Anderson; its two vice-presidents, CÃ©line Auclair and Raoul Blindenbacher; and Rupak Chattopadhyay, the director of the Forum’s Asia Pacific Programs. He was accompanied by the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Canada, W. J. S.
Karunaratne. Minister Peiris was formerly constitutional affairs minister and the government’s chief negotiator with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during the peace talks, when the Forum of Federations was engaged as a consultant to the process.