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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

"No Geneva shopping allowed for LTTE this time"- SL Government

Colombo, 26 October, ( The Sri Lankan government on Monday October 25 said that this time there are restrictions on LTTE while in Geneva. The government added that it "did not want a written statement" as publicized, but a "certificate of assurance" from Prabhakaran towards the forthcoming talks.

The government also voiced that there will be restrictions on the LTTE during their stay in Geneva. The Defense Spokesman Minister Rambukwella said: "The talks are not to appease the LTTE… And this time there are strict measures – even shopping is banned."

"LTTE can no longer avoid talks by holding onto the excuse of "fragile Sri Lankan government" since after the MoU between the UNP and SLFP, you have now a stronger government" Minister Rambukwella said.

"The government did not want a written statement, but a 'certificate of assurance' from Prabhakaran. This was a preamble we required to prevent the talks from completely disintegrating.." the Military Spokesman Brigadier S.A.P.P. Samarasinghe said.

Defense Spokesman Minister Kehelia Rambukwella and the Military Spokesman Brigadier S.A.P.P. Samarasinghe addressing a media briefing in Colombo said that in the forthcoming discussions, the Government will agree on an agenda to discuss seven concerns: Democracy, the Multi-party system, Pluralism, Human rights, and the most important issue -Child recruitment.

According to Minister Rambukwella, the government is studying a number of formulae, including the Indian Panchayat system (for which another Government delegation is already assigned to India). Among the many formulae, the Government is also hoping to bring LTTE out of terrorism and into democracy".

"In the last 2 weeks, 28 other forced recruits of LTTE have likewise surrendered to the Sri Lankan Army (SLA). Yesterday's surrender, the total for these 2 weeks comes to 29. 25,000 kg of essential items were air-lifted by the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) to Jaffna by 25th October, 2006. The SLA has set up 10 distribution points to overcome the problem of black market racketeers. Recently, two seriously ill patients were airlifted by Air Force aircraft from Jaffna to Colombo" Brigadier Samarasinghe said.

- Asian Tribune -

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