LTTE delegation returns from Geneva

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 07 March 2006, 10:55 GMT]
Members of the Liberation Tigers delegation which took part in the Geneva talks held on 22-23rd February returned to Kilinochchi at 3 Tuesday on a Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) helicopter, media sources in Kilinochchi said. Head of LTTE Political Wing, S.P.Thamilchelvan, Head of Tamileelam Police P Nadesan, Col Jeyam and LTTE Peace Secretariat's Ilanthirayan were flown to Kilinochchi while the other members will be taking the land route accompanied by members of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) sources added.

Thamilchelvan spoke to the press after he arrived at the Peace Secretariat.

Press: Paramilitary attacks have continued even while peace talks were in progress. Do you want to comment.
Thamilchelvan: Our leadership has strongly condemned these acts and have informed facilitators Norway, and other interested members of the International Community. We registered our concern with the Ambassador of Norway when he met us on arrival at the Katunayake airport.

Press: Sri Lanka Govnerment has been making contradictory statements regarding the outcome of Geneva talks?
Thamilchelvan: Besides politically motivated rhetoric, even the actions of the Sri Lanka Government are against the spirit of the CeaseFire Agreement. Not only we have condemned this, but we will soon be discussing these matters with the National Leader and will inform our position towards the next steps to Norway and to the International Community.

Press: Do you have any comments on JVP statement yesterday during the All Party Conference that Sri Lanka should strengthen its military and that there is little use in talking to the Tigers?
Thamilchelvan: If Sinhala extremists are successful in thrusting an all out war on Tamil people, that will greatly simplify the decisions our leadership can make.We have given a genuine opportunity to Colombo to bring peace to Sri Lanka. But recent incidents have raised questions on Sri Lanka's intentions and have created a sense of confusion and pessimism.

Press: What happens if Sri Lanka does not disarm paramilitaries? Are you planning to have any meetings with Norway in the next few days?
Thamilchelvan: We have conveyed messages from our National Leader Pirapaharan to Norway's Ambassador this morning. He has assured us that Norway will address the concerns. Our future actions will be determined after the discussions with our National Leader, on matters related to paramilitaries and other issues.

Press: Do you have any messages from the Tamil Diaspora? Why were you return flight delayed?
Thamilchelvan: Tamil expatriates are determined to provide all required support and are resolute in assisting the Liberation Tigers in achieving a just peace. They assured us they will further strengthen their support towards this effort.

We were held up in Dubai on our return flight.


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