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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2040

LTTE escalates demands after escalating violence

[b]LTTE escalates demands after escalating violence[/b]

[b]Colombo, 19 April, (Asiantribune.com):[/b] The Tamil Tigers put the next round of Geneva talks in doubt for the third time by escalating their demands. First, they postponed talks from 19 April to April 24 after escalating violence. Second, they refused to come to talks saying that the Navy was threatening their commanders by escorting them from the north to east and rejected the offer to travel in a commercial vessel from the north to the east. Now they insist that violence against ethnic Tamils should be stopped before they go to Geneva for the second round of talks.

Political analysts say that the Government has not refused to go to talks because the LTTE has escalated violence. Nor have they insisted on the LTTE stopping violence against the Security Forces and civilians -- two volunteers in NGOs and a Tamil boy who were victims of a LTTE claymore mine. More than 70 people have died in LTTE claymore mine attacks and ethnic rioting in Trincomalee since the first week of April. Ethnic rioting began after the LTTE exploded a bomb tied a bicycle near a Sinhalese vegetable market.

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