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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

No war with LTTE, states Sri Lanka government once again

[b]No war with LTTE, states Sri Lanka government once again[/b]

Colombo, 13 January, ( Despite the recent attacks by the LTTE in which 115 have been killed the Mahinda Rajapakse government pledged once again that it will not start the war with the Tamil Tigers. Yesterday the LTTE blew up another nine sailors in Cheddikulam.

The government spokesperson, Minister Siripala de Silva told the media yesterday: "The government will not start a war. We will not provoke the LTTE. Our approach to the peace process is that we want to give the impression that we are genuine. In fact, we are genuine. We will only act in self defence if we are attacked," he said. "We will not do anything to provoke the LTTE," he reiterated.

Political observers said that the Tigers are determined to go down the path of provocative violence despite serious warning issued by the EU and the USA. This week the American Ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead issued one of the toughest warning to the LTTE. He said that if the LTTE will have to pay dearly if it goes to war.

In the meantime, the government is awaiting the arrival of Norway's International Development Minster Erik Solheim to negotiate with the Tamil Tigers.

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