LTTE has lost faith in Geneva talks
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LTTE has lost faith in Geneva talks

Tigers say the Govt has been acting in bad faith ever since the Feb 22 Geneva talks, reports PK Balachandran.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 19:31 IST

The LTTE has said that the talks with the Sri Lankan government, held in Geneva on February 22 and 23, offer no hope of peace.

Asked by newsmen in Kilinochchi on Tuesday whether the Geneva parleys offered any hope for the people, LTTE's political leader SP Tamilsevlan shot back: " When we ourselves have no hope, how can the people have?"

Tamilselvan was returning home after an extended tour of Europe following the talks in Geneva.

The LTTE's political commissar said that since the Geneva talks the government had not only been issuing contradictory statements but acting in bad faith.

The government had begun to say that the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) was amended in Geneva while in fact its delegation had accepted the CFA in toto, as demanded by the LTTE.

And LTTE cadres were killed in Eastern Sri Lanka in violation of the CFA.

Asked what action the LTTE proposed to take in this context, Tamilselvan said that a decision would be taken after discussions with the outfit's supremo, Velupillai Prabhakaran.

He added that he had already spoken to the Norwegian Ambassador about it.

Asked to comment on the Janatha Vimukthi Permuna's call for strengthening of the Sri Lankan armed forces on the grounds that the LTTE could not be trusted, Tamilselvan said that war would only make things "simpler" for the LTTE.

"We had given them a good opportunity to work for peace. If they grasp it they can bring peace," he said.

First Published: Mar 07, 2006 19:31 IST