Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brattskar is rushing to Kilinochchi today for an urgent meeting with the LTTE just a day after the SLMM met the rebels where a Government message was also delivered.
Mr. Brattskar will hold talks with LTTE political head S.P. Thamilselvan at the rebel peace secretariat this morning where the future of the peace talks and the CFA will likely be the focus of the discussion.
The LTTE meanwhile yesterday assured the security of the cease fire monitors and also reaffirmed its commitment to the cease fire agreement during the meeting with the SLMM.
An SLMM delegation led by its acting head Oskar Solnes met the LTTE peace secretariat head S. Pulithevan at the SLMM office in Kilinochchi yesterday. Meetings with the SLMM are usually held at the rebel peace secretariat.
SLMM spokesman Thorfinur Omarsson said that the meeting with the LTTE focused on the future role of the ceasefire monitors as well as the state of the CFA following the military capture of Vakarai and other areas in the east formerly controlled by the rebels.
The Government meanwhile yesterday expressed `regret` over the violence experienced in the country and said it will continue to go that extra mile to achieve peace despite the LTTE failing to show similar commitments.
`We had already put several proposals to the LTTE to resume negotiations but the LTTE has so far rejected all of them. We live with hope. We regret the incidents taking place and that is why we are stretching our limits to achieve peace,` Government defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told the media yesterday.
Minister Rambukwella however said the international community had realised the conflict in Sri Lanka stems from terrorism and recalled that President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the development forum, categorically stated terrorism will have to be eliminated.`Past Presidents have not spoken on what the reality is, but President Rajapaksa made it clear that the Government will continue to eliminate terrorism.
At the forum we also pointed out that the LTTE has continued to reject proposals put forward to resolve the conflict,` Minister Rambukwella said.
He said the true colours of the LTTE had been further revealed following the capture of Vakarai and charged that bags of rice sent as aid for civilians who were in the area were used in place of sand bags, for the construction of bunkers.
The spokesman also said that at the just concluded development forum in Galle, Australia had said it was giving serious consideration to imposing a ban on the LTTE similar to the ban imposed by Canada and the EU.