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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2790

LTTE delegates’ trip to Oslo cancelled?

Geneva, 30 October, (Asiantribune.com) : Liberation Tiger delegation now in Geneva is not leaving for Oslo as announced earlier. LTTE leadership cancelled the trip and instructed them to return immediately.Erik Solheim seated between S.P.Tamilselvan and Nimal Siripala de Silva (R), and attending a news conference following weekend peace talks between the two sides at the International Conference Center in Geneva October 29, 2006. Erik Solheim seated between S.P.Tamilselvan and Nimal Siripala de Silva (R), and attending a news conference following weekend peace talks between the two sides at the International Conference Center in Geneva October 29, 2006.

Delegation led by S.P.Tamilselvan is expected to return to Vanni within two days time, depending on the availability of the flight seats to fly back.

Earlier it was announced that the LTTE delegation would fly to Oslo after the two-day talks with the Sri Lanka delegation in Geneva. They were to discuss with their Constitutional Committee representatives in Oslo and to meet the leaders of the Government of Norway.

But according to sources in Vanni, it is now learnt that Tiger leadership has instructed its delegation to return back to Vanni as it views the two-day talks in Geneva failed to bring about a breakthrough on the important issue of opening up of the A-9 Road.

Vanni leadership is now planning to checkmate the Sri Lanka Government for its obduracy over continuously keeping the A-9 road closed since 11 August, despite LTTE delegates’ strong demand to open it up immediately.

Furthermore, it is learnt that the Vanni leadership was irritated with the tone and tenor of the opening statement made by the facilitator and Norwegian Minister for International Development Erik Solheim who emphasized "a solution must be found within the unity and sovereignty of one Sri Lankan state."

Also Erik Solheim’s warning in his opening remarks that "no support whatsoever" within the international community for a military solution in Sri Lanka, was felt as something indirectly aimed at the Tamil rebel outfit.

According to a source, the LTTE leadership has taken the statement made by Eric Solheim as a personal remark made indirectly to point out the recalcitrant stance adopted by the LTTE delegation. It is believed that this remark has forced the Tiger leadership to instruct its delegation to return back to Vanni.

Earlier the LTTE delegation planned to meet their constitutional committee representatives which includes, V.Rudrakumar, New York based Lawyer and a US citizen who is also one of the members of the LTTE’s official delegation, Siva Pasupathy, a former Attorney General of Sri Lanka, Prof P. Ramasamy of Malaysia, Prof. Manuelpillai and Prof. Paul Dominic (Australia) and other members of the LTTE’s constitutional committee.

As the LTTE delegates has already met them in Geneva on 27th October before the commencement of the talks and in the sideline while the talks were on with the important representatives of the outfit’s Constitutional Committee, the Tiger leadership, it is said, feels that there is no need for further consultation in the absence of a major breakthrough favoring the LTTE’s stance at the concluded talks.

The date of LTTE delegations returning to Vanni is expected to be fixed by today.

- Asian Tribune -

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