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

Sri Lanka and LTTE need to clarify what ceasefire means ....

[b]Sri Lanka and LTTE need to clarify what ceasefire means before serious peace talks – Ambassador Teresita Schaffer[/b]

Daya Gamage – US Correspondent to Asian Tribune

[b]Washington, D.C. 19 August ( [/b]Former United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Teresita Schaffer told Asian Tribune in a special statement on Foreign Minister Kadirgamar assassination that the Government of Sri Lanka has shown courage and statesmanship in trying to rescue the ceasefire (with the LTTE) from wreckage in which it stands, and strongly advocated to both warring sections “before one can talk seriously about a peace process again, I think it will be necessary for both sides to clarify what they mean by cease-fire.”

“Both the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE should re-commit to the goals they expressed in Oslo over two years ago” she further noted.

Schaffer was the United States envoy to Sri Lanka from 1992 through 1996, and is presently the Program Director for South Asia in Center for International and Strategic Studies, an influential think tank in Washington.

“What horrifying news. I knew Kadirgamar well during his first time as foreign minister. I feel it very personally, having worked closely with him during my tenure as ambassador” she says in the statement to Asian Tribune.

The former American Ambassador last met Minister Kadirgamar in July this year when she was in Colombo.

Ambassador Schaffer endeavors to give some insights to what holds for Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the assassination of the country’s foreign minister Lankshman Kadirgamar:

“Perhaps the most devastating loss Sri Lanka has suffered in over two decades of civil war is the death of so many of its most promising leaders. Kadirgamar’s assassination is one more in that already over-long list. With each additional killing, it becomes more difficult to make peace.

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