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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Sri Lanka and LTTE agree to hold talks on failed Cease Fire

[b]Sri Lanka and LTTE agree to hold talks on failed Cease Fire Agreement[/b]

From our Colombo correspondent

[b]Colombo, 20 August, ([/b] The Norwegian Embassy spokesperson, Tom Knappskog, confirmed to media that the LTTE has agreed to hold talks with the government on reviewing the Cease Fire Agreement signed secretly by Ranil Wickremesinghe, the then Prime Minister, and Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the LTTE in 2002.

This is a sequel to the letter written by President Chandrika Kumaratunga to the Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik requesting an urgent meeting for a review of the failed Cease Fire Agreement. The Government accused the LTTE of assassinating Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar last Thursday (August 12, 2005). In her letter to Bondevik the President requested an ''urgent meeting'' with the LTTE ''to review the practical functioning of the cease-fire with a view to preventing further killings and other violations.'' The Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission led by Scandinavian team has recorded that 95.76% of the violations have been committed by the LTTE.

On Wednesday Jan Petersen, the Norwegian Foreign Minister accompanied by Vidar Helgessen, the Deputy Foreign Minister, met Anton Balasingham in London on Wednesday and handed over a letter addressed to LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran ''calling for urgent talks on problems relating to the implementation of the truce,'' according to media reports.

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