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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 72

Analysts suspect LTTE moves to postpone talks

[b]Analysts suspect LTTE moves to postpone talks[/b]

[b]Colombo, 14 April, ([/b] After the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) requested the second round of talks scheduled for 19 to 21 April be postponed to another date, there was speculation as to whether the recent spate of violence was provoked by the LTTE to find an excuse for the postponement. Analysts believe that the LTTE had no other excuse for the postponement of the talks.

Analysts also concluded that the LTTE could not face the international community and request a postponement if the ground situation was normal.

Postponement of the talks was confirmed by Espen Gullikstad, a spokesman for the Norwegian Foreign Ministry. “The talks are postponed and new dates are being discussed at the highest level,'' he said.

Earlier LTTE said that the three day talks scheduled for next week cannot go ahead and requested for fresh dates.

LTTE spokesman Daya Master was reported as saying : "We requested Norway to postpone to talks until after the 22nd (of April)."

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