Wednesday, November 12, 2008

No trust on 'double standard ceasefires' of LTTE: Lanka

Colombo, Nov 11 (PTI) Sri Lanka has made it clear that fresh negotiations with the LTTE will be considered only if the outfit lays down arms and said it was the Tamil Tigers who had quit the peace talks five years ago and not the government.
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said Tiger political head B Nadesan, while stating that Sri Lankan government had unilaterally called off the 2002 ceasefire in January this year, had "conveniently forgotten that it was the LTTE that quit the talks in April 2003." Rajapaksa, the brother of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, yesterday said the ground offensive against the LTTE rebels is on track with the army making steady progress, an official release said here.

Earlier, the pro-LTTE Tamilnet quoted Nadesan as saying, "there is no hesitation on our side to reiterate our position that we always wanted a ceasefire." Defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said the people in the country have had enough experience of the LTTE's "double-standard ceasefires". Full Text