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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 114

Balasingham retreats in Geneva

[b]Balasingham retreats in Geneva[/b]

H. L. D. Mahindapala – From Geneva

The weather in and around Chateau de Bossey where the Government and the LTTE met to hold talks dropped to sub-zero levels. But the delegates would not have felt the cold because the temperature of the room in which both parties battled to thrash out a final agreement was rising to solar heights.

In the end both sides emerged to compliment each other in public and thank each other for the cooperation and the spirit in which they conducted their affairs. Erik Solheim – call him devil or angel – summed it up neatly when he said that the agreement was "above expectations".

For once, I agree with Solheim. Earlier the media covering the talks were very pessimistic. With informed leaks circulating about the imminent collapse of talks hardly anyone expected this agreement to reach the heights of expectations. When the journalists, rugged up in the warm clothing, were kicking their heels waiting for hours for the delegates to front up before the international media, hearts sank again on the premise that last minutes snags had sunk the 'ship of peace' launched in Geneva.

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