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Sri Lanka And Rebels To Sign Accord

Sunday, 20 January 2002 12:00 AM

The newspaper said that the "preliminary agreement" is expected to provide the basic foundation for a full-fledged dialogue between the two sides.

"The agreement will be in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two sides and it will be the precursorr to the commencement of the peace talks," Gamini Pieris, Minister of Enterprise Development and Constitutional Affairs, was quoted as saying.

The MoU will incorporate the terms and conditions for an extended cease-fire and set the stage for talks. Tripartite discussions are currently underway between the government, the Norwegian facilitators and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to stabilize the current cease-fire.

The guerrillas had declared a unilateral, month-long cease-fire beginning December 24. The government too announced a matching cessation of hostilities.

The rebels had indicated that they would extend the cease-fire provided the government lifted the economic blockade on the LTTE-administered north and east of the country. The government responded positively and economic sanctions were lifted on January 15 to pave the way for talks with the LTTE.

The Sunday Observer said that the government officials were confident of the extension of cease-fire.

The Tamil Tiger guerrillas have now demanded that their outfit LTTE be de-proscribed. This demand was not made when the rebels had announced their cease-fire, but came after the government lifted the embargo.

The government proscribed the LTTE on January 25, 1998 after the rebels attacked the most revered Buddhist shrine in the country, the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy town.

The United States has also listed the LTTE as a terrorist organization and fundraising by the outfit is banned in the United States as well as in most European countries.

The newspaper said that the government has not taken any decision regarding the de-proscription, but this demand would be discussed during the course of negotiations with the guerrillas.

The LTTE, on its part, has said that lifting of the ban would grant the outfit legitimacy to negotiate with the government.

Meanwhile, a group of relatives and family members of government soldiers believed to be in the custody of the LTTE have gone to the rebel-controlled territory to seek the release of these servicemen. The delegation had been making attempts to visit the area for the past few years, but the government had refused to grant them permission.

Also, Lalith Kotalawala, chairman of Ceylinco group of companies, one of the country's largest business conglomerates, has offered to be an emissary of the government to the LTTE. Kotalawala lost one eye when an explosion engineered by the LTTE on January 31, 1996 hit his office.

Copyright 2002 by United Press International.

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