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[ineb] Fw: Press Release from National Peace Council, Sri Lanka

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  • Panadda Kosakarn and Carl Doige
    Dear friends, Please find enclosed a press release from the National Peace Council in Sri Lanka. In peace, Panadda Kosakarn INEB Secretariat
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 5, 1995
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      Dear friends,

      Please find enclosed a press release from the National Peace Council in Sri
      Lanka.

      In peace,

      Panadda Kosakarn
      INEB Secretariat
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      >> From: Peace Council <peace2@...>
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      >> Subject: Press Release
      >> Date: 1 ??????? 2542 18:47
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      >> National Peace Council
      >> of Sri Lanka
      >> 291/36A Havelock Gardens
      >> Colombo 6
      >> Tel: 075 349696
      >> Tel/Fax: 502522
      >> E Mail: peace2@...
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >> 1.12.99
      >>
      >>
      >> Press Release
      >>
      >>
      >> OPPORTUNITY FOR POSITIVE RESPONSE
      >>
      >> The release of seven military prisoners last week was a welcome gesture
      >of
      >> goodwill by the LTTE at a time when military and political confrontations
      >> have been taking the centre stage. This was followed immediately by the
      >> Heroes Day speech of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabakaran in which he
      >> expressed the LTTE's willingness to enter into internationally mediated
      >> peace talks with the government.
      >>
      >> The release of prisoners and call for internationally mediated peace
      >talks
      >> is the second such LTTE initiative in the past 15 months. The present
      >offer
      >> to talk with the government follows the LTTE's military victories in the
      >> recent past. The National Peace Council believes it is significant that
      >> the LTTE has made this same goowill gesture and peace offer regardless of
      >> its military weakness or strength.
      >>
      >> On the last occasion, the LTTE's military position was perceived to be
      >> weaker than it is today and its offer to enter into talks was devalued as
      >a
      >> ploy to obtain time to replenish its military forces. The LTTE's
      >> non-military initiatives did not meet with a positive government
      >response.
      >> The returning soldiers were neither met by any government politicians nor
      >> was there any governmental reciprocation of the LTTE's goodwill gesture.
      >>
      >> The NPC calls on the government to respond positively on this occasion.
      >We
      >> believe that a goodwill gesture by the government in releasing LTTE
      >> prisoners can be a trust building exercise that will serve the longer
      >term
      >> peace process. It will also be a symbol of the value that this society
      >> places on the lives of its youth who have entered the battlefield.
      >>
      >>
      >> MEDIA DIRECTOR
      >>
      >
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