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President Rajapakse's rejection of Tamil homeland can impact

[b]President Rajapakse's rejection of Tamil homeland can impact on Geneva talks – LTTE[/b]

[b] Colombo, 16 February (Asiantribune.com): [/b]In its latest press release the LTTE states that President Mahinda Rajapakse’s insistence on a unitary state "would seriously impact the current efforts for talks."

"Homeland, nationhood and self-rule are the three basic and cardinal principles that have been guiding the LTTE in its struggle to find a peacefully negotiated political arrangement to the Tamil people, resolving the racial conflict. It is the refusal by the Jayawardena regime to accept these basic principles that led to the failure of the Thimpu talks," says the LTTE.

Here is the full text of LTTE statement:

The Tamil people are shocked over President Mahinda Rajapaksa's rejection of their basic political aspirations in an interview with Reuter on 13 February 2006.

The President had, in this interview, totally rejected the Tamil homeland concept and emphasised that a political solution to the racial conflict would be looked into only within the parameters of the unitary constitution.

http://www.asiantribune.com/show_news.php?id=17063

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