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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

"Is the Sri Lankan army to run after Prabhakaran’s wife

[b]"Is the Sri Lankan army to run after Prabhakaran’s wife if she runs away from him?" --- S.L. Gunasekera[/b]

By Anne Rodrigo – Asian Tribune

S.L Gunasekara, a leading lawyer battling separatism on political and legal fronts, went to courts against the then Wickremesinghe administration for entering into a Cease-fire Agreement (CFA) in 2002 with the LTTE, a banned terrorist organisation.

He was member of the legal team that went to the Indian-sponsored Thimpu talks to negotiate with several separatist groups. It is noted that LTTE had already eliminated practically all those who sat around at the Thimpu table. Today he find himself advising the government peace delegation flying to Geneva for talks with the LTTE, February 22 on strengthening the very same agreement.

The LTTE insists on "implementing" the CFA. Are you going to strengthen Ceasefire Agreement which you challenged in court, asked the "Asian Tribune."

"No way," Gunasekara said putting his foot firmly down in his interview with the "Asian Tribune."

"There is no change in the fact that the Cease-fire Agreement is illegal. The LTTE is a banned organization under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. A sovereign government can by no means enter into an agreement with a banned outfit. But President Mahinda Rajapakse invited me to share my opinion with the team, so I did," he said.

He hastened to add: "I offered my personal assessment. But I cannot tell you what I advised the team. It’s a relationship between a lawyer and a client."

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