Full Text of LTTE Proposals to SL Govt
Tamil rebels call for sweeping powers, virtual independence, government
Associated Press, Sat November 1, 2003 02:03 EST . DILIP GANGULY -
Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's peace
process suffered a major blow on Saturday when the government said it had
fundamental differences with a proposal by Tamil Tiger rebels for an interim
administration in the island's war-battered northeast. one-third of Sri
Lanka - 's total area.
The setup will have representative from the Sri Lankan government and the
island's Muslim minority, but the rebels will have an absolute majority.
The proposal also calls for the ISGA to prepare annual budgets, negotiate
and receive direct foreign funding, including loans. It calls for setting up
an independent election commission, separate from the one in Colombo, and
promises election every five years.
Foreign funding, including moneys from the World Bank will be under the
control of the ISGA.
The ISGA can borrow internally and externally, provide guarantees and
indemnities, receive aid directly and engage in or regulate internal and
The ISGA will have control over the marine and offshore resources of the
adjacent seas and the power to regulate access. The ISGA and the Sri Lankan
government to enter into internationally recognized arrangements for sharing
of river water.
``This document outlines the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam's vision
regarding the framework for a political solution to the conflict,'' the
government said in a statement, reacting to the rebels proposal.
``It differs in fundamental respect from the proposals submitted by the
government of Sri Lanka - ,'' it said, without elaborating.
The government, however, said it would work toward reviving peace talks,
which were suspended in April when the rebels pulled out.
``The government is convinced that the way forward lies through direct
discussions of the issues arising from both sets of proposals,'' said the
The government is under pressure from radicals among the country's ethnic
Sinhalese majority not to give too many concessions to the rebels.
Norway brokered a truce in February 2002 that halted the island's civil war
and then guided both sides through six rounds of peace talks before they
broke down in April. Norway is now trying to help get the sides back to the
The rebels walked out of the talks and accused the government of failing to
help thousands of Tamils displaced by the war.
The rebels began fighting in 1983 to carve out a separate state for the
minority Tamils, accusing majority Sinhalese of discrimination in education
and jobs. About 65,000 people were killed before the cease-fire.