The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 30, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 146

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Government to offer truce to the LTTE
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4 p.m. SLT Wednesday August 29. The government today announced that it is ready to offer a truce to the LTTE and invite the Tamil Tiger rebels for peace talks.

Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said in a statement today that the government has decided to revive a Norwegian initiative to hold peace talks with the LTTE and that the State would invite the rebels for a face to face discussion.

The Minister's comments follow in the wake of failed joint discussions between the government and the main opposition United National Party, to reach a compromise on a government of national reconciliation.

Both the UNP and the ruling Peoples Alliance have however decided to not include the conflict in the evolving political crisis.

Norway failed to bring the two warring parties, namely, the government and the LTTE to the negotiating table after having begun a peace process two years ago. The process staggered and reached a lull when renewed fighting broke out between the two factions early this year.

The Tigers have insisted that a ban by the Lankan government in 1998, proscribing the rebels be lifted before talks can be conducted between the rebel group and the Sri Lankan Government.
Published: Wed Aug 29 06:12:03 EDT 2001

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