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

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva reiterated the government's commitment for talks

By Vandana Jayasinghe – Asian Tribune

Colombo, 19 October, (Asiantribune.com): Government Chief Negotiator Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva once again reiterated the government's commitment to peace talks but strongly emphasized that the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Elam (LTTE) should not consider the invitation as a weakness of the government.  Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva once again reiterated the government's commitment to peace talks but strongly emphasized that the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Elam (LTTE) should not consider the invitation as a weakness of the government. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva once again reiterated the government's commitment to peace talks but strongly emphasized that the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Elam (LTTE) should not consider the invitation as a weakness of the government.

He made these remarks when the Norwegian peace envoy Jon Hanson Bauer met Minister de Silva at his office to discuss about the progress of the preparations for peace talks to be held in Geneva end October. Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brattskar also participated in the meeting, where Minister de Silva recalling the Habarana debacle that the LTTE had killed over 100 sailors, stressed that the LTTE should stop attacking unarmed soldiers.

Minister de Silva asked Mr. Bauer to ensure through the international community that the LTTE would not pullout from peace talks by carrying out provocative attacks against the government. He emphasized that if the LTTE was intended to come to peace talks, they should have the commitment and desire to hold peace talks like the Sri Lankan government

A statement released by the Ministry states that the Minister had reassured the governments' commitment to peace talks despite the barbaric attacks by the LTTE.

"If the LTTE is committed to peace talks they should not attack unarmed soldiers and act in a responsible manner", the statement had quoted the Minister.

Minister de Silva, according to the statement, had asked the Norwegian peace envoy to inform the LTTE leadership, not to consider the government's commitment to peace as a weakness.

Mr. Bauer had told the Minster that he would convey the message to the LTTE at the meeting to be held today.

- Asian Tribune -

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