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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2522

Sri Lanka: Peace talks still remain elusive

By Vandana Jayasinghe - Asian Tribune

Colombo, 10 , (Asiantribune.com):Norwegian Ambassador will meet today, senior members of the LTTE to discuss the future of the peace talks, which is scheduled to hold later this month. Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brattskar  will discuss with LTTE’s Political Wing Leader S. P Tamilselvan in Kilinochchi this morning. Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brattskar will discuss with LTTE’s Political Wing Leader S. P Tamilselvan in Kilinochchi this morning.

Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brattskar will discuss with LTTE’s Political Wing Leader S. P Tamilselvan in Kilinochchi this morning and the LTTE hopes that this meeting will bring positive results to resume peace talks.

Daya Master of the LTTE told the ‘Asian Tribune’ that the LTTE would come to peace talks if the government stops military attacks against them. "We agreed to hold peace talks with the government after the meeting with Mr. Bauer and even agreed with the dates of the talks. But, later we thought to abandon the idea," he said.

He said that with violence by the Sri Lankan armed forces are escalating; the LTTE was forced to withdraw the initial agreement for ‘unconditional’ talks. However, declining to reveal the issues that the LTTE was to discuss with the Norwegian facilitators, Daya Master said that the LTTE was ready to commence talks with the government but they needed a firm assurance that the military operations in the North and East would be stopped.

"Sri Lankan armed forces are advancing in Vakari and Muhamalai and have not stopped their military attacks," he claimed.

Pinning fresh hopes that today’s meeting with the Norwegian Ambassador would bring positive outcome to resume peace talks, the LTTE wants the government to stop military attacks, capturing their territories and air attacks before the peace talks commence.

Meanwhile, several intellectuals and political parties including the JVP and JHU claimed that the LTTE had decided to resume to peace talks to create a conducive environment to strengthen their terrorist activities.

Defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said that still the government was waiting a response from the LTTE to resume peace talks but on-going military attacks would continue until the LTTE stop attacking the security forces.

- Asian Tribune -

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