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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2646

Determination of the Geneva talks depends solely on actions Sri Lanka Government might take in the coming days - Tamilselvan

Colombo, 19 October, (Asiantribune.com): It is only the attitude the Government of Sri Lanka assumes in the coming days would determine the talks, declared S.P.Tamilselvan, Head of the Political Division of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.S.P. Tamilselvan: "The determination for the talks to take place depends on the actions the Sri Lanka Government might take in the coming days. We have not at all changed our position."S.P. Tamilselvan: "The determination for the talks to take place depends on the actions the Sri Lanka Government might take in the coming days. We have not at all changed our position."

"There is no change in our position in going for the talks. We have already informed of our consent according to the request of the Sri Lanka Donor countries which insisted that both the parties should meet and talk," Tamilselvan said.

"Therefore the determination for the talks to take place depends on the actions the Sri Lanka Government might take in the coming days. We have not at all changed our position," he further added.

Tmailselvan was interviewed by NHK TV after meeting Japanese Special Peace Envoy Yasushi Akashi on Wednesday at Kilinochchi.

In the interview Tamilselvan said as follows:

Japan’s Special Envoy Yasushi Akashi has told us that peace activities should commence. He also insisted for the end of all hostility campaigns. We have told the Japanese Envoy that our leadership is also determined in finding a solution through a negotiation process.

We have already conveyed to the Japanese envoy our steadfast believe in the peace process. Similarly if the Sri Lanka Government come forward to give due regard to appeals and requests of the international community, then only talks and meeting could turn into a feasible reality.

We are of the strong opinion that through talks only we can determine the kind of solution needed for the problems. At present heavy clashes and huge loss of lives continues and we are not in a position pay attention in determining the nature of the political solutions.

We insist that attacks and aggression must be halted forthwith. Army movements and killings must be stopped and normalcy restored.

In the beginning solutions have to be found for the pressing humanitarian issues.

Even today, Japanese special envoy insisted that both parties should meet in the negotiation table. We also briefed him the position of our leadership.

We told Yasushi Akashi when we met him today (Wednesday), in case, if the Sri Lanka Government halts the air attacks and come forward and shows its goodwill gesture, then we are ready and prepared to provide our fullest cooperation.

Violence and war continues because the Government of Sri Lanka has so for not come forward to signal its goodwill gesture.

In particular, due to the aerial attack against us, killing of the innocent civilians for no fault of them, and also as the roads remain closed have forced the people into immeasurable hardships.
We have insisted that peoples should be relieved of their hardships. It seems that the Japanese Special Envoy was agreeable with the position we have taken.

The coming days will only determine our participation in the forthcoming Geneva talks. So far there is no change in our position; changes may be determined only by the forces of events undertaken by the Government of Sri Lanka in the coming days.

- Asian Tribune -

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