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Dr. Palitha Kohona: What is there to discuss about A9 highway when vehicles are reaching Kilinochchi and Mulathivu?

By Walter Jayawardhana

Geneva, 28 October, (Asiantribune.com): Dr. Palitha Kohona, Head of the Peace Secretariat in Sri Lanka who is now in Geneva for peace talks as a delegate of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) delegation asked, "What is there to discuss about A9 High Way when vehicles are constantly reaching Kilinochchi and Mulathivu along that highway?"Dr. Palitha Kohona  told the BBC Sandeshaya in Geneva that the Sri Lanka Government came to Geneva with the serious thought of finding a final solution to the continuing strife in Sri Lanka. Dr. Palitha Kohona told the BBC Sandeshaya in Geneva that the Sri Lanka Government came to Geneva with the serious thought of finding a final solution to the continuing strife in Sri Lanka.

The LTTE delegation head S. P. Tamilselvan has threatened that peace talks will not move forward if the government did not come forward to open the highway.

The LTTE delegation head S. P. Tamilselvan has threatened that peace talks will not move forward if the government did not come forward to open the highway. Unfortunately according to observers, it is going to be a re-launch of the same scenario even in Geneva II.

Speaking to the BBC’s Sandeshaya in Geneva the LTTE military spokesman (I)Rasiah (Marshal) Ilantheriyan said since the A9 highway is impassable the prices of commodities in Tamil areas are very high.

When asked from him what would be the result if the A9 problems were not resolved to their satisfaction Ilantheriyan warned the people to wait and see?

The LTTE is more keen in telling more than fifty journalists assembled in Geneva to cover the peace talks the usual rhetoric than getting involved in serious peace talks, observers said.Entry and  exit points in the A-9 roadEntry and exit points in the A-9 road

Dr. Kohona told the BBC Sandeshaya in Geneva that the Sri Lanka Government came to Geneva with the serious thought of finding a final solution to the continuing strife in Sri Lanka.

When asked from him what he has to say about LTTE allegations of humanitarian problems allied with A9 Kohona quipped, "Is there any problem with A9 when vehicles are constantly reaching Kilinochchi and Mulathivu along A9 highway? However, until the opening statements are read at the talks one cannot respond to them accurately," Dr. Kohona said.

Dr. Kohona said the Sri Lanka government wanted to take up some of the serious problems faced by the Tamil people with an intention of resolving them in the interest of the Tamil people. Foremost of all is restoring the democratic rights of the Tamil people since today those people are being ruled under the dictatorship of one man.

He said the government also wanted to restore multi-party democracy to the Tamil people of the area through the talks.

He said another determination of the government was to restore the human rights of the Tamil people and put a permanent stop to the forced recruitment of underage children to military groups.

Meanwhile Defense Ministry sources in Colombo said , "the government has not closed the A-9 road and civilian and goods transfer is continuously underway through Omantahi, Government controlled area. It is the LTTE who are hampering the general transportation across Muhamalai."

- Asian Tribune -

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