Dispute over agenda
Further delay in Thai talks
By Our Political Editor
Conflicting positions between the Government and the LTTE over the
agenda for upcoming peace talks have set a poser for peace talks
in Thailand. The LTTE wants its demand for an interim administration
to be the agenda for the first phase of the peace talks. However,
the government has made it clear that the question of an interim
administration should be listed in the agenda together with all
other core issues which the peace talks will focus on resolving.
of the Government and the LTTE emerged during the July 27 talks
between Minister Milinda Moragoda and LTTE Chief Negotiator Anton
talks were held in the Norwegian Embassy in London in the presence
of Norwegian facilitators Vidar Helgesson, Deputy Foreign Minister,
negotiator Erik Solheim and Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Jon
Times has learnt from highly placed government sources that Dr.
Balasingham insisted the LTTE demand for an interim administration
should be discussed first at the proposed Thailand talks. However,
Minister Moragoda has said it was the UNF government's position
that the subject of an interim administration should be listed with
all other core issues in the agenda for peace talks.
these sources, Dr. Balasingham's response to the government's position
was to explain the logistical difficulties the LTTE would encounter
if all issues were listed in the agenda. He has argued that members
of the Tamil diaspora in various countries had been called upon
to take part when the core issues were discussed. Putting all of
them together would entail serious logistical problems, he has said.
say that until this crucial issue is resolved, a date for the Thailand
peace talks will remain in suspense. According to them, both the
government and the LTTE were emphatic on their own positions relating
to the talks agenda. They believe the resultant situation may delay
the peace talks even beyond September.
for time frames enshrined in the ceasefire agreement ended last
Friday allowing both the government and the LTTE to take stock of
issues awaiting resolution before talks is the LTTE demand to allow
civilians to re-settle in the high security zone encompassing the
Security Forces Headquarters in Palaly and freedom of movement for
Tiger guerrilla boats in the North Eastern seas.