TRO abductions, GoSL response may stall Geneva talks - TNA

[TamilNet, Saturday, 04 February 2006, 14:10 GMT]
"We are concerned that the continued deterioration of ground situation in the NorthEast and the abduction of TRO staff members by paramilitaries can potentially prevent Liberation Tigers' participation in Geneva talks," said Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians after a meeting with Head of the LTTE Political Wing, S.P Thamilchelvan at the LTTE Peace Secretariat in Kilinochchi at 11 a.m. Saturday. "Colombo has openly attempted to discredit the LTTE by making misleading statements to the International Community on the recent abductions of TRO staff by the paramilitary cadres," they added. The meeting lasted for more than three hours sources in Kilinochchi said.

TNA meeting in Kilinochchi
Director of Peace Secretariat, Puleedevan, Member of the LTTE talks delegation, Ilanthirayan (Marshall) and several District Heads of LTTE political section participated in the meeting. Eighteen TNA parliamentarians, with the exclusion of Mr Sampanthan, Mr M Kanagasabai and Mr Pathmanathan attended the discussions.

The discussions focussed on the difficulties faced by Tamil civilians in NorthEast and explored ways to secure the release of the abducted staff members of the Tamils Rehabilitation Organization (TRO).

Strengthening the implementation of ceasefire agreement is the prime focus of the Geneva talks. But with Colombo desisting from taking efforts to create normalcy in the NorthEast, refusing to rein in on escalating paramilitary activities, and openly attempting to discredit the LTTE by making misleading statements to the International Community on the recent abductions, a majority of the political leaders attending the meeting expressed strong sentiments against LTTE's participation in the Geneva talks.

"Participation will send a wrong message to the international community and will likely encourage Colombo to continue its duplicitous approach to peace efforts," said a TNA parliamentarian.

TNA - LTTE meeting

The meeting also discussed the appointment of a replacement for the position for the slain Batticalao parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham. Mr Sivajilingham, MP, who attended the discussions told TamilNet that the new appointee will be chosen from potential candidates from the East and that appointment is likely to be announced within one week.

The TNA parliamentarians who have continued to stage a protest campaign in the chambers of Sri Lanka parliament, told media that they have received positive reactions from the members of the public on the need of continued agitatation.

The parliamentarians of the TNA have decided to request the Government of Sri Lanka to postpone the local elections, TNA sources said.


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