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LTTE won't attend Geneva talks

Rebels say they want Lankan Govt to create a more conducive atmosphere for talks, reports PK Balachandran.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 08:37 IST

The LTTE has said that it will not be able to attend the peace talks in Geneva until the Sri Lankan government clears the hurdles put on the way, and creates a more conducive atmosphere for talks.

In a letter addressed to the Norwegian Ambassador, Hans Bratskar, dated April 16, the LTTE's political wing leader SP Tamilsevan accused the Sri Lankan government of disturbing the travel arrangements of the LTTE's commanders, blocking air travel, and disturbing sea travel arrangements made by the Scandinavian truce monitors.

"We are placed in the difficult situation where we are unable to attend the Geneva talks," Tamilsevan said.

And to drive the point home, he added: "We, therefore, hereby wish to inform you with sadness that until the hurdles in front of us to attend Geneva talks are removed and a more conducive environment created, our Geneva team is unable to come to the Geneva talks."

Elaborating the LTTE's idea of a "conducive environment" Tamilselvan said: "For future efforts, I am sure you would understand the importance of pressuring the GOSL (Government of Sri Lanka), to implement the CFA (Ceasefire Agreement) in letter and spirit, to implement in particular what was agreed upon at the Geneva talks (the first round in February) and to prevent it from altering the practices already put in place."

"It is only through these measures the conducive atmosphere for future peace talks will be created," he said.

First Published: Apr 17, 2006 02:15 IST