With violence continuing to escalate and the peace process between the government and the LTTE at breaking point special British peace envoy Paul Murphy who arrived in the country yesterday will meet the political leadership of the rebels in Kilinochchi tomorrow in an attempt to revive the process.
The special envoy of British Prime Minister Tony Blair was yesterday briefed by envoys of the co-chairs to the Tokyo donor conference in Colombo and also met the acting SLMM spokeswoman Helen Olfsdottir last afternoon, a British High Commission spokesman told the Daily Mirror.
Government officials said President Mahinda Rajapaksa was hosting Mr. Murphy a dinner and would discuss the collapsing peace process while the envoy was also to meet the government`s four-member peace negotiating team.
The British envoy`s visit to the country follows an August meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Rajapaksa in London on ways in which Britain could support the Norwegian-facilitated peace process.
LTTE media spokesman Daya Master told the Daily Mirror Mr. Murphy, who is currently the chairman of the British Intelligence and Security Committee and Christopher MacCabe, the British joint secretary of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Secretariat will meet the rebel political head S.P. Thamilselvan at the LTTE peace secretariat tomorrow.
Asked if the ban on the LTTE did not prohibit Mr. Murphy from meeting the LTTE in Kilinochchi a High Commission official said when attempting to create peace the ban did not create an obstruction noting that even the IRA was banned when the British government pursued peace with the now democratic outfit.
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce meanwhile hosted Mr. Murphy at an event yesterday where he delivered the Keynote Address.