The Government is engaged in a careful study of the statement of
the leader of the Liberation tigers of Tamil Eelam made on November 27.
The absence of direct negotiations since April 2003 is of no
benefit to anyone and is unsustainable. Following its election to office in April
this year, the UPFA Government has, therefore, made serious, sincere and
consistent efforts to reopen talks with the LTTE. These efforts are well known to
the people of Sri Lanka and to the International community.
A call, couched in threatening language, from the LTTE now for a
resumption of negotiations without conditions, while setting conditions itself by
insisting unilaterally on a single agenda item is scarcely conductive to good
The Government of Sri Lanka has conveyed publicity, and through
the kind facilitation of the Royal Norwegian Government, its readiness to discus
the establishment of an interim authority to meet the urgent humanitarian and
development needs of the people of the North and East as a priority, while
exploring a permanent settlement along the lines of the document signed and
accepted by the Government and the LTTE in Oslo on December 5, 2002. It also
remains firmly committed to the strict maintenance of the Ceasefire Agreement and
condemns all violations and actions jeopardizing the prevailing ceasefire and
which caused fear and thereby tensions among the civil population, leading to the
undue rupture of the sensitive balance of ethnic groups presently maintained by
the Government with the objective of safeguarding the ceasefire and taking the
peace process forward.
The Government of Sri Lanka is in comminution with the Royal