22nd February, 2004 Volume 10, Issue 32
rejects renegotiating MoU
LTTE last week said it will not re-negotiate the present Memorandum of
Understanding signed between its Leader, Vellupillai Pirapaharan and Prime
Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on February 21, 2002.
LTTE Peace Secretariat, S. Puleedevan said the LTTE has every intention of
honouring the ceasefire agreement it has signed with the United National
Front (UNF) government. He asserted that even after April 2, the Tigers
have no intention of changing or altering the existing agreement.
far as the LTTE is concerned, the MoU is between the government and the
LTTE.We are not concerned with the statements of a political party that
has just become democratic. Wimal Weerawansa has no authority to state
that the ceasefire agreement does not exist," Puleedevan said in
response to statements made by JVP Propaganda Secretary, Wimal Weerawansa.
LTTE, he reiterated, would not be drawn into a political confrontation
with the new alliance, the United People's Freedom Party (UPFA), despite
Weerawansa stating that as far as the JVP is concerned, no ceasefire
agreement with the Tigers exists.
added that the LTTE continues to remain fully committed to the peace
process."We are only waiting for the political situation in the south
to resolve itself and then we are ready to begin negotiations again,"
if the LTTE is willing to negotiate with the new alliance in the event it
were to win the April 2 general election, Puleedevan replied, "We are
willing to negotiate with any party that comes into power."
the LTTE position that it should be recognised as the sole representative
of the Tamils is also non-negotiable for talks to resume.
reiterated that if the JVP helps form a new government in April, it would
not serve to deter the Tigers from negotiating a political settlement to
the ethnic conflict. Until then, he said, the LTTE has every intention of
honouring the ceasefire.
however continues to insist that no ceasefire agreement exists with the
maintains that the ceasefire agreement signed between the government and
the LTTE has been limited to the document only, as the Tigers have during
the time of the ceasefire continued to kill "hundreds of opponents,
including officers of military intelligence and members of parties against
SLFP/JVP alliance meanwhile has already displayed a clearly division of
opinion where the ethnic issue is concerned.
new alliance differs drastically on the matter of the ceasefire agreement,
the interim administration proposals and the devolution of power.
the JVP maintains that a ceasefire agreement with the LTTE does not exist,
the SLFP/PA disagrees.The SLFP/PA assert that the interim administration
proposals will be re-negotiated if they win administrative power while the
JVP maintains the ISGA proposals must be thrown into the waste bin.
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