|Co-Chairs meet on Nov.
20 in Washington
Red notice on Govt., LTTE
Tough message to Kilinochchi
The Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Donor conference will meet in
Washington on November 20, to review the Sri Lanka peace process
and the second round of peace talks in Geneva which ended in a
It is likely that the co-chairs will put the government and the
LTTE on red notice saying that it would be difficult to help the
peace process any further if the meetings are not productive.
The Co-Chairs would exert pressure on the government of Sri
Lanka to be flexible and to stick to the Ceasefire Agreement.
Similarly they had already warned the LTTE that it would be
difficult for them to be involved in the peace process if they
do not contribute to the de-escalation of violence.
It is learnt that the European Union is particularly worried
about the situation and is contemplating imposing restrictions
on the Sri Lankan government. Germany had already frozen aid
money and Netherlands is likely to follow suite.
The European Union has taken up the position that they could not
deal with the LTTE as it is a banned organization and they could
only exert pressure on the Sri Lankan government. The Co-Chairs
who met LTTE’s political head S.P.Thamilselvan and the entourage
at the Katunayaka Airport immediately after their arrival last
week had handed over a strong message to Prabhakaran stating
that they are highly disappointed over the outcome of the second
round of talks in Geneva that ended inconclusively.
In the meantime it is likely that the Japanese special envoy
Yasushi Akashi will visit Sri Lanka in order to rejuvenate the
The recent bombings by the Airforce in Kilinochchi had been
strongly regretted by the Co-Chairs as well. Japan is
particularly worried about bombs being dropped near the
Kilinochchi hospital because they had invested over US Dollars
30 million there.