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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2038

LTTE wants to fly out from Vanni to Maldives bypassing

[b]LTTE wants to fly out from Vanni to Maldives bypassing Katunayake airport[/b]

[b]Colombo, 05 April, (Asiantribune.com):[/b] After meeting Anton Balasingham in London, Erik Solheim, the Chief facilitator in the talks between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE, is expected to bring another demand to President Rajapakse: to allow the LTTE delegation attending the next round of talks in Geneva to fly from Vanni to Male , capital of Maldives, by seaplane and to catch the regular flight from Male to Geneva, bypassing Katunayake International airport.

Already LTTE has indicated that they will definitely be participating in the forthcoming talks scheduled to be held in Geneva from 19 – 21 April . But now they are raising concerns about the safety of the LTTE delegation passing through Katunayake International airport.

Erik Solheim, Norway’s Minister for International Aid, as well as the Chief Facilitator of the Sri Lanka Peace talks met Anton Balasingham, Chief Negotiator of the LTTE, on 29 March at Balasingham's house in London. At the meeting Balasingham made a specific request to Solheim about the security of the LTTE’s negotiating team. Balasingham requested that Government of Sri Lanka and the Norwegian facilitators guarantee the safety and safe passage of the Tamil Tiger negotiating team through Colombo Katunayake international airport.

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