Government baffled by the LTTE’s lack of interest in peace talks

The government of Sri Lanka says it is ready with a new set of proposals to re-start peace pow-wows and is baffled by the lack of interest from the LTTE. The government of Sri Lanka says it is ready with a new set of proposals to re-start peace pow-wows and is baffled by the lack of interest from the LTTE. “We are ready and waiting with counter proposals to re-start talks,” said Cabinet spokesman Managala Samaraweera on Thursday.

“We are baffled as to why the LTTE is still not ready to come to the table to re-start negotiations,” said Samaraweera.

The government’s proposals however will not be available for public scrutiny until it is presented to the LTTE – despite the setting up of a National Council for Peace and Reconciliation (NCPR) for greater public involvement in the process.

“The government’s proposals will not be available to the public. Not before we give it to the LTTE,” said Samaraweera.

Despite mounting international pressure to get peace negotiations moving again the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE have not sat down together for face-to-face talks since April 2003.

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