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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2341

Akashi warns violence gone too far, tells LTTE renounce terrorism.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 11 May, (Asiantribune.com): Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi warned that international efforts would be in vain unless two parties act to scale down the spiraling violence in the country’s North-East.

Visiting envoy who wrapped up his four-day visit in the island yesterday was especially critical of the Tigers and said the LTTE should take note of international concerns while specially referring to the suicide attempt on the life of the army commander Gen Sarath Fonseka.

There is a deep anxiety over escalating violence," Akashi told a press briefing as he wrapped up visit to the island.

"It is important to have direct negotiations in order to see de-escalation of violence which has gone very very far".

The Japanese envoy condemned the assassination attempt on the Army Commander, and said the Tigers must take note of the concerns of the International community and renounce violence.

He said the two parties have to decide on the peace process and the International community could play only “a subsidiary role".

Referring to Prabhakaran's message to President Mahinda Rajapakse, the Japanese envoy said the Tigers want the full compliance of the truce Agreement before they go to Geneva.

Akashi said when he told the Tiger political chief S.P. Tamilselvan that the issue of compliance can be dealt in “Geneva - Two,” but the Tiger political chief said he wanted to see proof of compliance on the Government side before proceeding to Geneva.

Akashi said the statement by Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva in the Sri Lanka Parliament today is "a strong statement on the part of the government," adding that one particular paragraph caught his attention.

He quoted from Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva’s speech to Parliament, where he said. "I have been informed by President to inform the Parliament that Government vehemently condemn killing of civilians in Jaffna, Vavunia, Avissawella and taken all necessary action to punish perpetrators”

Akashi said too much was expected from the international community, but told that,the ownership of the process belongs to the Government and the LTTE.

“International community could only play a supportive role,” he said.

- Asian Tribune -

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