Although the government decided to abrogate the Ceasefire Agreement entered into with the Tigers in February 2002, it has not taken a decision on banning the outfit, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said yesterday.
`Dealing militarily with the LTTE does not in any way mean that the Government had abandoned a search for a political solution`, he said.
Addressing a press conference in Colombo the Foreign Minister said abrogation of the ceasefire agreement gives the government a broader space to pursue the goal to search for a political solution involving all political parties. `Because of the CFA, other political parties remained sidelined. The CFA also reduced the country to a nominal State instead of a Sovereign State,` he said.
The Government was conscious of the fact that the 13th amendment to the Constitution signed in 1987 following the Indo-Lanka Agreement still remains to be implemented, he said.
The Government wants a political solution that satisfies all minority groups and seeks the international community`s unstinted support to secure a sustainable peace, he said.
Bogollagama said that on Thursday the Government officially notified Norway of its decision to abrogate the CFA. According to the terms of Article 4:4 of the agreement the abrogation will become effective 14 days from the date of notification. Accordingly, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission too, becomes ineffective from Januray 16, he said.
A number of facts were carefully taken into consideration before deciding on the abrogation, Bogollegama said.