Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Friday, Jul 01, 2005

About Us
Contact Us
International
News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Obituary |

International Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

LTTE deadline on ceasefire pact

V.S. Sambandan

Tigers kill three military intelligence officers in eastern Sri Lanka

V.S. SAMBANDANCOLOMBO:

V.S. SAMBANDANCOLOMBO: The LTTE on Thursday set a 14-day deadline for the Sri Lankan Government to "unequivocally express its commitment" to the 2002 ceasefire agreement (CFA) or threatened to "resort to its own pre-ceasefire arrangements" that would put the CFA "at serious risk."

The LTTE's position was spelt out at a meeting with the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission and representatives of the Norwegian embassy who visited the rebel-held Kilinochchi on Thursday.

Even as the meeting was under way, suspected LTTE gunmen killed three military intelligence officers in eastern Sri Lanka following a gun battle — the most serious attack in the recent past.

The LTTE's position at the meeting is against the backdrop of an unsuccessful claymore attack on a rebel convoy carrying nearly 40 cadres in eastern Sri Lanka on June 26.

"The Government should state its position if it is adhering to the CFA," the LTTE's political wing leader, S. P. Tamilselvan told journalists. The deadline, he said, was given both verbally and in writing.

The CFA provides for a 14-day notice by the parties for a pullout.

Asked if the deadline was consistent with the provisions of the CFA, Mr. Tamilselvan said: "It could also be construed as such. As far as we are concerned, we have asked for a decision within two weeks, failing which we will have to spell out our firm position in two weeks."

It is, however, unclear if Thursday's position indicates an imminent pullout from the ceasefire.

The ultimatum by the LTTE is seen by a defence observer as going beyond a "mere threat or pressure tactic."

The LTTE, he said, "cannot go on in this no-war, no-peace scenario for long. As far as the LTTE leader, V. Prabakaran and his goal of Tamil Eelam is concerned, he is losing by this situation. Hence, he cannot go on forever on this path. I feel this is not a mere threat or pressure tactic."

The ultimatum is also against a divided Sri Lankan polity which has started showing signs of polarisation on whether the LTTE should be engaged and given a key role in the Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS.)

The LTTE gave a similar, but open-ended ultimatum to the Government on providing transport facilities for its cadres, which were suspended after the killing of a senior military intelligence officer, T.N. Muthalif, in Colombo in May.

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail

International

News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |


News Update


The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | The Hindu Images | Home |

Copyright 2005, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu