LTTE REFUSES TO SURRENDER OR DE-COMMISSION ARMS DURING A CEASEFIRE AND PEACE NEGOTIATIONS
By Walter Jayawardhana
The LTTE’s rejection of the government proposal means that the military conflict between the government and the separatist terrorists would continue. The Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in an interview with the Foreign Editor of the Times in London, Richard Beeston last week said that it has become a habit of the LTTE to ask for a ceasefire from the international community whenever they become weak.
They enter peace talks just for the purpose of buying time until they reinforce themselves with armaments and leave the peace talks to fight again, the President said. This time it would not happen, the President said.
The President said if the terrorist group wants a ceasefire they will have to either surrender or decommission arms until the negotiations are over. The rejection of the government proposal came through the political head of the LTTE S.Nadesan, sources said.
He is quoted having stated, “Any approach that disturbs the balance of power and parity of status are counter productive to the peace process.” For a meaningful negotiations the balance of power and parity of status are very critical, he said. The LTTE is cornered from all sides, while they are holding on to the last two bastions, Mulaithivu and Kilinochchi , the remnants of a sprawling area they once controlled.
The Sri Lanka Army has vowed to finish them off before the end of the year. The LTTE proposal for another ceasefire and peace negotiations came in the midst of such circumstances.
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