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

Sri Lanka Peace Secretariat pooh-poohs Anton Balasingham

[b]Sri Lanka Peace Secretariat pooh-poohs Anton Balasingham as an [/b]
adventurist and immature Chief Negotiator

[b]Colombo, 09 May, ([/b] The Sri Lankan Government Peace Secretariat has dismissed the threat by Anton Balasingham to attack Karuna Group in Government-controlled areas, as "adventurist and not in keeping with the maturity expected from the Chief Negotiator of the LTTE."

Rebutting the charges of Anton Balasingham who told Reuters that the Government has refused to disarm the Karuna Group in the Government-controlled areas, the Peace Secretariat reaffirmed the Government’s commitment “to taking all necessary measures in accordance with the Ceasefire Agreement to ensure that no armed group or person other than Government security forces will carry arms or conduct armed operations.”

"On the contrary," says the Peace Secretariat, "it is the LTTE which has and continues to flagrantly violate the commitment it made at the Geneva Talks to taking all necessary measures to ensure that there will be no acts of violence against the security forces and police."

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