Sri Lanka president demands new truce with Tigers

Chief Regulatory Officer at CSE Renuke Wijayawardhane presenting the listing certificate to Executive Chairperson at Renuka Hotels Shibani Thambiayah

Sri Lanka’s new President Mahinda Rajapakse Friday demanded a new ceasefire arrangement with Tamil Tiger rebels and called for “transparent” monitoring of the Norwegian-brokered truce. Sri Lanka’s new President Mahinda Rajapakse Friday demanded a new ceasefire arrangement with Tamil Tiger rebels and called for “transparent” monitoring of the Norwegian-brokered truce. Rajapakse in his first policy statement to parliament Friday following his election last week said he will have a new peace process that will not tolerate “terrorism” and recruitment of child soldiers.

The president did not spell out details of the plan, but said the peace process between the previous government and the Tamil Tigers did not make progress because other stake holders had been left out.

“I will have an open and transparent peace process which will respect human rights. It will not allow child recruitment,” he said. “The ceasefire agreement will be amended so as to ensure that acts of terrorism would not be permitted.” The president said he was ready to open talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) but rejected a long-standing Tiger demand for the recognition of a traditional homeland