"Illegal" CFA "amended" in Geneva
The government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) has once again stressed that the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) signed with the Tamil Tigers in 2002 is “illegal”.
HL de Silva, PC, a member of the GOSL facilitating team said the agreement reached in Geneva between the parties does not necessarily legalise the CFA.
The constitutional affairs expert told journalists in Colombo that the CFA is invalid until President Mahinda Rajapaksa signs a new truce with the LTTE.
The GOSL delegation arrived Colombo after two-day talks at Chateau de Bossey, Genava.
The agreement in Geneva “does not give credibility to the original agreement (CFA), but this purports to explains ambiguity and doubts created by the original agreement,” HL de Silva said.
"The question of invalidity remains as before."
Head of the GOSL team, Leader of the House Nimal Siripala de Silva said the Geneva agreement was “ a victory” as the parties discussed the issue of child soldiers in detail.
The final agreement, he said, was “an amendment” to the original CFA.
“Whatever we agreed in this joint statement in Geneva amounts to an amendment to the CFA because there are new obligations the parties have undertaken,” de Silva added.
Agreeing to disarm the paramilitaries was “nothing but to obey the law of the country,” according to the senior minister.