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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

Geneva talks off again: Peace Monitors reject LTTE excuse

[b]Geneva talks off again: Peace Monitors reject LTTE excuse[/b]

[b]Colombo, 16 April, ([/b] The on-again, off-again peace talks in Geneva which were postponed from April 19-20 to April 24-25 are off again.

The Tamil Tigers announced their withdrawal yesterday for the second time complaining that their commanders were at risk because of the closeness of the Sri Lankan Navy boat escorting the civilian ship carrying their acting commanders from Mullaithievu to Vakarai.

European Peace Monitors rejected this LTTE excuse of Tiger commanders being at risk when escorted by the Sri Lankan Naval vessels. Helen Olafsdottir, the spokesperson for the Peace Monitors, said: ""They (LTTE cadres) were getting on board the ferry and suddenly they said they will not go because a Sri Lankan naval vessel was coming too close. We are not buying that because there are no risks as our Monitors were aboard the naval vessels to ensure that nothing happens. The Government and the guerillas were told in advance that ships would be present to ensure that nothing happens," she said.

[i]Norway Post,[/i] an English language daily , also quoted the head of the Nordic Peace Monitors, Ulf Henricsson, as saying that the Tamil Tigers had agreed to let the Sri Lankan Navy monitor the boat transport.

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