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News


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 stalemate.
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 peace process.
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.