LTTE ready to negotiate permanent cease-fireApril 14th, 2009 - 1:56 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Apr.14 (ANI): Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels have said that they are ready to negotiate a permanent ceasefire with government forces.
In a statement reported by the BBC, the rebels said they were prepared to open political talks to halt decades of bloodshed.
The government announced a unilateral two-day halt to the fighting beginning Monday, to allow the civilians trapped in the conflict zone to leave.
The Tigers said the two-day truce was an attempt by the authorities to deceive the international community.
In a statement, the rebels said they were ready for an internationally supervised truce and that such a ceasefire should also contain a base for political solutions.
“The LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam] has for long been requesting a permanent ceasefire encompassing sensible military and political essence. This, the LTTE still reiterates. Such a ceasefire should also contain a base for political negotiations,” the statement said.
“The LTTE desires that it should also create a conducive climate for a permanent political resolution to the national question of the Tamils in a peaceful way. The LTTE is ready to comply without any conditions to a ceasefire as described above,” it added.
The statement came on the second day of the truce announced by the government. (ANI)
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