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LTTE proposals handed over to Government

by Ranil Wijayapala

The LTTE yesterday came out with their long awaited and carefully crafted Interim Administrative proposals to the Government through the Norwegian facilitators.

This is the first time that the LTTE has presented such a discussion paper, to negotiate a power sharing arrangement in the North-East aiming to end the drawn out ethnic conflict.

Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brattskar after receiving the LTTE IA proposals from LTTE Political Wing Head S. P. Thamilselvan in Kilinochchi, handed over the document to the Chief Government Negotiator Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris yesterday at Visumapaya.

Minister Prof. Peiris receiving the document at Visumpaya told reporters that the Government will make a brief comment on the IA proposals by 9.30 a.m. today after studying the contents. "We will make available a copy of the LTTE IA proposals to the President through the Prime Minister's office", Peiris said. "We will also make available copies of these proposals to all political parties immediately", Prof. Peiris added.

Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brattskar said he had discussions with LTTE Political Wing Leader S. P. Thamilselvan prior to handing over the proposals. He declined to comment on the contents of the five page document of the LTTE IA proposals or the deliberation he had with Thamilselvan.

He said they also discussed matters relating to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission but declined to elaborate. "The LTTE will come out with their comments tomorrow at their specially summoned press conference in Kilinochchi headed by its Political Wing Leader S. P. Thamilselvan", he said.

S. P. Thamilselvan submitted the Interim Administration (IA) proposal to Brattskar at the LTTE's Peace Secretariat around 11:30 a.m. yesterday. The Norwegian Ambassador flew to Kilinochchi and handed the proposals to Minister Peiris around 5 p.m. on his return to Colombo.

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