Colombo should demonstrate CFA obligations - Thamilchelvan in Oslo
[TamilNet, Friday, 03 March 2006, 18:48 GMT]
"It is time for Colombo to prove demonstrated commitment to February
2002 Ceasefire Agreement," said LTTE's Political Head S. P.
Thamilchelvan, who met Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas
Gahre in Oslo Friday. Speaking to TamilNet following his meeting with
the Norwegian FM, Political Head of the LTTE expressed dismay over
the controversial statements made by Sri Lanka peace delegation seeking
to weaken the the Ceasefire Agreement, the sole foundation of continued peace-
Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahre meets LTTE's Political Head S. P. Thamilchelvan
LTTE's Southern Forces Commander Col. Jeyam, the Head of Thamileelam
Police B. Nadesan and the Director of LTTE's Peace Secretariat S.
Puleedevan participated in the meeting with the Norwegian Foreign
Conveying LTTE leader Pirapaharan's congratulations to Norway's new
Government and expressing appreciation on behalf of the Tamil people to
the continued Norwegian engagement in facilitatiting the peace
efforts and monitoring the February 2002 Ceasefire Agreement between
Colombo and Kilinochchi, LTTE's political head said that the main
issue of disarming paramilitary cadres in Sri Lanka Army (SLA)
controlled areas would be the key in demonstrating Colombo's
Col Jeyam, LTTE's former southern forces commander shaking hands with Norwegian State Secretary for International Development, Anne Margareth Fagertun. Director of LTTE's Peace Secretariat S. Puleedevan is in the center.
LTTE's Political Head shaking hands with the Norweigan Foreign Minister
LTTE Political Head meets Director of the Nobel Institute Geir Lundestad
"We explained our position on the Implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement
and the recent talks in Genva that secured a renewed commitment to the
Agreement from both the parties.
We also emphasized the humanitarian situation prevailing in the Tamil
homeland. We also brought to focus the fate of war affected, war displaced and
the tsunami ravaged people in our homeland," LTTE's political
head said adding that the dialogue between the LTTE delegation and
the Norwegian Foreign Minister was constructive.
It is only a "honest implementation" of the February 2002 Ceasefire
Agreement that would pave the way for winning the trust of the Tamil
people who are yet to see the benefits of the peace process, Thamilchelvan
The LTTE delegation comprising LTTE Political Head, Former Southern
Forces Commander, Thamileelam Police Chief, Director of LTTE's Peace
Secretariat, Former Political Head of Batticaloa Ira Marshall
(Ilanthirayan) and LTTE Peace Secretatiat Official B. Selvy and Mr.
George arrived in Oslo on February 27.
Jan Petersen (right), former foreign minister of Norway shaking hands with B. Nadesan, head of Thamileelam Police
On February 28, the LTTE delegation met with the Norwegian State
Secretary for International Development Anne Margareth Fagertun
Stenhammer and State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Raymond Johansen.
Thorbjørn Jagland, President of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) meets S. P. Thamilchelvan, Political Head of the LTTE
The delegation led by Thamilchelvan also met the Former Foreign
Minister, Jan Petersen, Chairman of Defence Committee, and the
Former Prime Minister Thorbjørn Jagland who is the President of the
Norwegian Parliament (Storting) on March 01, sources in Oslo said.
LTTE delegation in meeting with Norwegian state secretary
The LTTE delegation also paid a visit to the Norwegian Nobel Institute and met the Director
of the institute Geir Lundestad, the sources added.
LTTE Political Head, who met the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, also met various party officials including
Norwegian Labour Party MPs, Christian
Democratic Party MPs Laila Dåvøy, Odd Jostein Sæther and the right wing Progressive Party MP Morten Høylund, who is a (FrP) Foreign Affairs Committee member.
The LTTE delegation left Oslo to Geneva Friday evening, sources added.