Sri Lanka stands by ceasefire with LTTE, though it is illegal.

Feb. 26 (LBO) – The government will abide by the agreements reached with the LTTE in Geneva, despite the original ceasefire agreement being illegal, members of the delegation who held talks with the Tamil Tigers told reporters in Colombo Sunday. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said the government would ensure that the activities of all armed group would be halted as agreed in the joint statement released after the talks, through the strict enforcement of existing law of the country.

The government was hopeful that mutual confidence would be built in the intervening period with the LTTE also keeping to their side of the bargain.

But members of the delegation said the original ceasefire agreement which was signed by the then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, when President Chandrika Kumaratunga was in office, was still unconstitutional and illegal.

“It can only be cured by the president entering into a new document signed by him or her. So that original weakness and legal infirmity remains,” top lawyer H L de Silva told reporters.

“What has now been effected in the statement is to recognize a de facto agreement, a de facto arrangement, outside the law, but nevertheless binding between the parties as far as th