Further developments in peace process next week - Norway
There would be some developments in the peace front by next week, the
Norwegian Embassy in Colombo said yesterday.
Norwegian Embassy spokeswoman Kejetsky Tromsdal said they were in
constant contact with all the parties in the Sri Lankan peace process
and they expect some developments by next week.
She reserved comments on the Sri Lankan Peace Secretariat's (SCOPP)
answer with regard to the 14 day ultimatum of the LTTE on the issue of
armed escort by Military forces during its cadres' movements in
Government controlled areas.
The SCOPP issuing a release on Monday said they were not ready to
receive an ultimatum from any party but stressed it would agree to
provide armed escort for LTTE cadres on just one round trip each to
Batticaloa and Trincomalee from Kilinochchi per month, as a confidence
building measure. These escorts will accompany an SLMM officer.
SCOPP Chief Jayantha Dhanapala has pointed out to the SLMM Chief who
conveyed this message to the LTTE, that the Government was not bound by
the Ceasefire Agreement to provide armed escorts to the LTTE cadres.
In response to the Daily News query if there would be any positive
developments in the peace process given that the Post-tsunami aid
distribution mechanism, a major demand of the LTTE, is in place, she
indicated that they were yet to receive a response from the LTTE.
Meanwhile, SCOPP Deputy Director General John Guneratne said they
were expecting a response to the Government's message with regard to the
issue of armed escort from the LTTE that has already been communicated
to the LTTE Peace Secretariat through the SLMM Chief.