It is time to end
correspondence and begin discussions says Cabinet spokesman
16, 2003 -
The LTTE’s proposals for autonomy to the
Northeast of the Island will reach us by the end of October said Prof. G. L.
Peiris today. He was speaking to journalists at the weekly briefing.
The confident cabinet spokesman said, “The way
forward is to begin face to face discussions, it cannot be done through
further correspondence.” The Norwegian facilitators will make arrangements
for the resumption of talks he said.
Peace talks between
the government and the LTTE began in September last year in Thailand
consequent to the Ceasefire Agreement in December 2002. After six rounds of
talks, the LTTE unilaterally pulled out in April this year, citing the slow
pace of rebuilding in war-torn areas.
The LTTE also laid
down its condition to resume talks; they wanted the government to agree on
an interim administration for the Northeast and the powers of supervision
vested with them. The Government offered a series of proposals but they all
failed to satisfy the LTTE’s requirements. Since August this year the LTTE
has been meeting with its legal experts in Paris, Dublin and Oslo to
finalize proposals for greater autonomy to the NE region, which they claim
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Date: October 16, 2003 -9.15