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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

No more flow of arms for LTTE from Cambodia – Hun Sen assures

Phnom Penh, 01 December, ( When Cambodian Prime Minister met his Sri Lankan counterpart it is reported that Hun Sen has promised to cut off the flow of weapons from his country to Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, his spokesman said on Thursday. Cambodian Prime Minister welcomes his Sri Lankan counterpart Ratnasri WickramanayakaCambodian Prime Minister welcomes his Sri Lankan counterpart Ratnasri Wickramanayaka

Prime Minister Hun Sen admitted for the first time last year that arms were smuggled out of the country, still emerging from two decades of war, to guerrillas in Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Myanmar.

Hun Sen has also promised to Ratnasiri Wikremanayaka to exchange intelligence with Colombo to help curb the flow of smuggled arms into Sri Lanka.

"He asked Sri Lanka to trust Cambodia that no more weapons would enter Sri Lanka," Khieu Kanharith quoted Hun Sen as telling visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wikremanayake.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wikremanayaka arrived in Cambodia on Wednesday at the invitation of the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

During his four-day stay, Wikremanayaka held talks with Hun Sen and paid courtesy calls on Chea Sim, acting head of state, and Heng Samrin, president of the National Assembly, the Cambodian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Hun Sen met with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka, who is visiting Cambodia on a tour of Southeast Asia amid fears his own country is sliding towards all-out war.

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen condemned the Tamil Tiger fight for an independent state, but also called on the Sri Lankan government to give humanitarian organizations more access to "civilians being victimized by the factional fighting.

"Hun Sen understands the difficulties of the Sri Lankan government and Cambodia supports the position of that government in order to find a peaceful solution," Khieu Kanharith told reporters.

Cambodia’s Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said after the meeting with Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka "Prime Minister Hun Sen condemns the violent demands for a separation of states.”

- Asian Tribune -

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