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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Review Cease Fire Agreement to prevent LTTE killings – .....

[b]Review Cease Fire Agreement to prevent LTTE killings – Chandrika to Norwegian Prime Minister[/b]

[b]Colombo, 19 August, ([/b] President Chandrika Kumaratunga has written to the Norwegian Prime Minister, Kjell Magne Bondevik “requesting an urgent meeting between the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE, in the presence of the facilitator and the SLMM, to review the Cease Fire Agreement.” She emphasized the need for a review to prevent “further killings and other violations.”

This is her immediate response of to the assassination of the Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar by the LTTE. Earlier, before the assassination, the Government had asked for talks between senior level military and the senior level LTTE cadres to review the failed Cease Fire Agreement.

This Cease Fire Agreement has been violated 3126 time by the LTTE since it was signed in 2002. The Government was seeking “ways and means of ending the political killings that had been taking place recently, in contravention of the Cease Fire Agreement.”

The presidential media release added: “The international community has condemned the murder of the late Foreign Minister. Having noted, the statement of the President of the United Nation’s Security Council, President Kumaratunga has condemned the violation of the UN offices in Killinochchi by the LTTE and regrets that this incident has taken place, besmirching cordial relations between Sri Lanka and the United Nations, in the 50th year of Sri Lanka’s membership in that organization.”

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