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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Geneva Talks – A false start.

[b]Geneva Talks – A false start.[/b]

Delegations of the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are meeting today and tomorrow in the Chateau de Bossey, a secluded castle just outside the Swiss capital Geneva. Both the delegations are said to be in Geneva to explore possibilities of laying the foundation for peace in Sri Lanka.

People in Sri Lanka, Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims yearn for a permanent solution to war and they all want peace. The international community pins its hope that both the party’s to the conflict will come up with a solution to end the ethnic conflict.

Will that be possible?

No one has an answer to this question.

On 22 February 2002, Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers entered into a Ceasefire Agreement.

The Ceasefire Agreement was signed by the Government of Sri Lanka when the Tamil rebel outfit was a proscribed organization.

A Government entering into an agreement with a proscribed organization is a questionable issue. Legally the agreement is not valid.

Therefore, the so called peace process began on the wrong premise. The whole exercise began with a false start.

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