[ineb] Fw: Press Release from National Peace Council, Sri Lanka
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Please find enclosed a press release from the National Peace Council in Sri
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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
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>> Press Release
>> OPPORTUNITY FOR POSITIVE RESPONSE
>> The release of seven military prisoners last week was a welcome gesture
>> 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
>> is the second such LTTE initiative in the past 15 months. The present
>> 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
>> ploy to obtain time to replenish its military forces. The LTTE's
>> non-military initiatives did not meet with a positive government
>> 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.
>> believe that a goodwill gesture by the government in releasing LTTE
>> prisoners can be a trust building exercise that will serve the longer
>> 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