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Last updated: 26 February, 2006 - Published 18:10 GMT
 
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LTTE "surprised" on GOSL remarks
 
LTTE team at the talks (photo Sudath Silva)
Tigers to bring GOSL remarks to attention of the facilitators
The Tamil Tigers have expressed astonishment on the statement made by the GOSL that the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) signed in 2002 is still illegal.

LTTE political wing Chief SP Thamilselvan told the BBC that the statement showed the “duplicity” of the GOSL attitude towards the truce agreement.

Member of the GOSL team HL de Silva, PC, told the journalists in Colombo that the CFA is invalid irrespective of the fact that the GOSL agreeing to implement it.

 We were only talking about implementing the CFA. There was no discussion about amendment or redraft or a review of CFA
 
S Pulithevan

The agreement in Geneva “does not give credibility to the original agreement (CFA), but this purports to explain ambiguity and doubts created by the original agreement,” HL de Silva said.

Thamilselvan said the LTTE team, who are scheduled to trasvel to Oslo on Monday, would bring the statement by the GOSL to the attention of the Norwegian facilitators.

Head of LTTE peace secretariat S Pulithevan told BBC Sandeshaya that the two parties pledged to implement the CFA in Geneva after two-day talks.

“There is no question of validity. Even in the joint communiqué the Sri Lankan government agreed to implement it,” he said.

 (Geneva agreement) does not give credibility to the original agreement (CFA), but this purports to explain ambiguity and doubts created by the original agreement
 
HL de Silva

Pulithevan added that the CFA has been endorsed by the international community including the co-chairs of the peace process.

Head of GOSL negotiating team, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, meanwhile suggested that the parties have agreed to amend the CFA by agreeing to the joint communiqué.

But the LTTE strongly denied having agreed to amend the CFA.

“We were only talking about implementing the CFA. There was no discussion about amendment or redraft or a review of CFA,” he told bbcsinhala.com.

 
 
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