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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2642

Sri Lanka is ready to talk peace only with Prabakaran and not with any other demigods of the LTTE

Colombo, 20 September, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lanka Government is ready to talk peace only with the Prabakaran, the Leader of the Tamil rebel outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and not with any other demigods of the outfit in the future. This has been stated with finality yesterday in a press conference held by Defence spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella.Keheliya Rambukwella: "Government is not willing to hold discussions according to the wishes of the LTTE, which has a 23-year-old cruel history." Keheliya Rambukwella: "Government is not willing to hold discussions according to the wishes of the LTTE, which has a 23-year-old cruel history."

Defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella began his address to the media by expressing condolences to the relatives of Muslims killed by the LTTE at Panama in Radella, located close to Pottuvil in the restive East.

When speaking about the proposed talks between the LTTE and Government, he said that the government is not willing to hold discussions according to the wishes of the LTTE, which has a 23-year-old cruel history.

He pointed out that the LTTE, which expressed its readiness for peace talks, had killed 36 persons within the last two weeks - 08 of them were members of the armed forces. There was also a member of the Navy, also killed were 03 police officers.

Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that future discussions would be only with Prabhakaran and no other individuals. He reiterated that Government prepared for talks only with Prabhakaran.

He added,"The Government is totally committed to peace but the negotiations should bring about meaningful dialogue Since the Genera talks, the Government took every effort to initiate the peace process."

"With our experience of 23 years, we have witnessed that the LTTE, whenever weakened militarily, has resorted to use the period of peace talks to strengthen their military capability."Government is ready to talk peace only with the Prabakaran, the Leader of the Tamil rebel outfit, and not with any other demigods of the LTTE.Government is ready to talk peace only with the Prabakaran, the Leader of the Tamil rebel outfit, and not with any other demigods of the LTTE.

"So we request the facilitators to deal with Prabhakaran directly to decide on the date and the venue," said the Government Defence Spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella at media briefing held at the Media Center for National Security on Tuesday.

The Defence Spokesman said that the government reserves the right to take appropriate action if the LTTE makes a single violation of the ceasefire.

Thanking the Co-Chairs for their concern on Sri Lanka, Defence Spokesman said their recent statement contained several inaccuracies and factual errors that need corrections.

He noted that a few days before the Brussels meeting on 12 September S.P. Tamilselvan, Head of the LTTE’s Political Division had said that the LTTE is ready for unconditional talks with the government. However, within 24 hours of the Brussels meeting another LTTE spokesman, expressed a totally different opinion and made several conditions for peace talks.

The Defence Spokesman emphasized that the government wants a response from Prabhakaran himself and not from any other person.

He mentioned, after the meeting of the Co-Chars that there are 36 killings out of which are more civilians. He said the Co-Chars should make proper arrangements to initiate a meaningful dialogue without allowing room for the LTTE to misuse the peace talks as a breather to strengthen their military capability.

Defence Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella further pointed out "The canard of the LTTE’s peace moves on unconditional or conditional basis was exposed when a ship carrying a huge haul of weapons was detected and destroyed. This is another instance of repetition of history."

He exhorted LTTE for its latest inhuman act of the massacre of 10 Muslims in Panama, who had gone to repair an anicut. Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said, "The government has detailed a special team to conduct investigations. Since the investigations based on scientific analysis into previous such incidents have been proved successful, no international involvement is necessary."

- Asian Tribune -

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