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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 80

Next stop Geneva - expected fall outs

[b]Next stop Geneva - expected fall outs[/b]

By Para Kumarasamy - Berlin

It was a sigh of relief that the threat of another war is at least temporarily postponed by the decision of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to restart talks once more in Geneva, which was halted in April 2003. It was the international pressure that had been brought to bear on the LTTE, compelled them to agree for a renewed negotiation with the Government of Sri Lanka.

The LTTE knew that it has to go to the negotiating table for its own reasons, with the view to regain its lost international recognition after the European Union (EU) imposed travel ban on its cadres) and also to consolidate its position in the midst of the Tamil population and against Government of Sri Lanka.

LTTE’s attacks on the GOSL’s security forces, after November 17th Presidential election, were done with the intention to send strong signals to the newly elected President Mahinda Rajapakse and to his government. Furthermore it was done to provoke the Sri Lanka security forces to attack the Tamil civilians, so that LTTE can go running to the international community with hue and cry, and with concocted stories of abuse and human rights violations by the Sri Lnka armed forces. It is further revealed that the drama staged by the by the Members of Parliament belonging to the Tamil National Alliance recently in the Sri Lanka’s unicameral parliament was also part of the show and was described as a shameless comical circus (Koothu).

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