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Balasingham admits LTTE too responsible for the serious

[b]Balasingham admits LTTE too responsible for the serious breaches of the Ceasefire Agreement.[/b]

Geneva, 23 February, (Asiantribune.com): Anton Balasingham, the Chief Negotiator of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in an open admission of those responsible for the violation of the Ceasefire Agreement confessed that LTTE too was responsible for the serious breaches of the Ceasefire Agreement. He made this public disclosure, when he delivered the opening speech in the Geneva talks yesterday.

"We do agree that there have been serious breaches of the Ceasefire Agreement, for which the parties in conflict, as well as the Tamil paramilitaries, should bear culpability."

The full text of Anton Balasingham’s address as follows:

The most constructive achievement of the Norwegian facilitated peace process has been the signing of the Ceasefire Agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), exactly four years ago today, on the 22 February 2002. The event brought an end to the bloody ethnic war that lasted more than two decades, causing massive scale death and destruction. Though the truce agreement has been subjected to enormous strains, particularly during the latter part of 2005, it still holds, having prevented the parties in conflict from embarking on major armed confrontations. I should say that it is the truce agreement that has helped to avert the out-beak of an all-out war and created the present environment where both the parties could engage in a dialogue to enhance the conditions of peace and normalcy in the war affected northeast.

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