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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 72

Mahinda Rajapakse wins in Geneva by avoiding war.

[b]Mahinda Rajapakse wins in Geneva by avoiding war.[/b]

HLD Mahindapala - Reporting from Geneva

Celingy, Switzerland, 24 February, ( Talks between the government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE ended on an optimistic note after going through rough patches in the negotiations. Both side agreed to meet in Geneva again in April 19-21 April 2006. Erik Solheim Norway’s Minister for International Development and the Peace facilitator described the results of the Talks as "above expectations."

Both sides were arguing and sticking to their points of view initially. On several occasions the talks were on the point of breaking down.

The media that gathered Chateau de Bossey where the delegations of both delegations were residing were kept waiting for nearly three hours until the finishing touches were put to the final communiqué.

The positive sign is that both parties were determined as they stated at the press conference to continue in the sprit of preserving peace.

The fact that the talks did not breakdown and both parties agreed to meet again is a healthy sign despite the ups and downs that the de-escalation of the violence since the talks began will continue.

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