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Balasingham retreats in Geneva: "I am tired because

[b]Balasingham retreats in Geneva: "I am tired because I am the only one who can speak English in our team."[/b]

H. L. D. Mahindapala – Reporting from Geneva

Geneva, 24 February, (Asiantribune.com): Anton Balasingham, the Chief Negotiator for the LTTE, attempted to pull a fast one in the pre-talks leading to the latest round of negotiations that began on Wednesday at Chateau de Bossey in Geneva .

He said that as he was the most senior man in the negotiating process since the talks began in Phuket, Thailand with G. L. Peiris, he should be given the floor first to present his case. The government resisted and said that the government had the right to take the floor first.

The issue as to who should open the talks did not break out into big issue as Balasingham appealed personally to Nimal Siripala de Silva to let him open the talks.

The delegation then consulted President Mahinda Rajapakse, who told the delegation to concede, as a “goodwill gesture” from the new team of the government, for Balasingham to present his case first.

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