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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Geneva Talks: Sri Lankan Government hopeful of a positive at

[b]Geneva Talks: Sri Lankan Government hopeful of a positive attitude by LTTE[/b]

By Munza Mushtaq – Asian Tribune

[b]Colombo, 21 February, ([/b] The Sri Lankan Government is hopeful that the LTTE will respond positively at this week's peace negotiations scheduled for February 22 and 23 in Geneva. These sentiments were expressed by the head of the Government delegation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, just hours before his departure to Switzerland at the Bandaranaike International Airport.

"We have a very clear vision as to how to approach this problem, we are however hopeful that the LTTE will respond positive towards these discussions and we are going to Geneva with open minds. And it is our endeavor to ensure that a peaceful environment be build as a result of this negotiations," he added.

The talk are set to begin at 1.00 p.m. Sri Lanka time on Wednesday at the International Study and Conference Centre run by the World Council of Churches in Geneva, the main theme of the discussion will be centered on the proper implementation of the ceasefire agreement leading to peace talks.

The Government delegation also includes Ministers Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Rohitha Bogollagama and Ms. Ferial Ashraff (representing Muslim interests), IGP Chandra Fernando, Dr. Palitha Kohona and, Gomin Dayasri PC.

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