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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2343

Saving the Ceasefire

[b]Saving the Ceasefire[/b]

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

[i][b]"If the day ever comes when they know who they are, they may know better where they are".[/b][/i]
[b]Robert Frost[/b] ([i]A Cabin in the Clearing[/i])

Both the government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE are on record expressing their separate hopes for the success of Geneva talks. Both sides say they are desirous of saving the ceasefire. However what each side means by saving the ceasefire varies as does their favoured means of achieving this end. As far as the Tigers are concerned the main impediment to the successful implementation of the ceasefire is the so called Karuna problem, which came into being more than two years after the ceasefire was signed.

The negation of the Karuna factor and the removal of some of the Military camps and High Security Zones in the North will make the Tigers consider Geneva a resounding success. In fact, for the Tigers, even the removal of the Karuna factor would do, as a first step. This 'success' in Geneva can be followed by another round of talks interspersed with more attacks on Lankan Forces by the 'irate former residents of the High Security Zones'. It is not for nothing that the Tiger media – led by Nitharsanam – announced the formation of a 'peoples' militia' to expel the Lankan military from the 'occupied' lands in the North.

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