SL govt. and LTTE talk of 'obstacles'
While the Tamil Tigers have informed the Norwegian facilitators that their team is unable to attend the second round of Geneva talks the Sri Lankan government has already sent a team to Geneva.
In a letter to the Norwegian Ambassador in Colombo on Sunday, the LTTE political chief S P Tamilselvan has said, "until the hurdles in front of us to attend Geneva talks are removed and a more conducive environment created, our Geneva team is unable to come to the Geneva talks".
Government negotiations team member, Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion Minister Rohitha Bogollagama told BBC Sandeshaya that the "government has made all the necessary preparations for the talks to go ahead".
He said that the government has made plans to bring LTTE leaders from the East to Mullaitheevu.
The LTTE requested from the government to provide transport to their Eastern Command leadership to attend a central committee meeting in Tiger held Vanni in order to prepare for the second round of Geneva talks.
An arrangement agreed between the two parties with the aid of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) was "disturbed" by the Sri Lankan Government, alleges the LTTE
The letter to the ambassador says, "we condemn the actions of GOSL for disturbing the travel of our commanders and at the same time we express our regret for this situation. We are saddened that, by blocking our air travel and by disturbing our sea travel arranged by SLMM, we are placed in the difficult situation where we are unable to attend the Geneva talks."
Minister Bogollagama accused the LTTE of "changing their stand and creating obstacles".
Tamilselvan in his letter to the Norwegian Ambassador says that the the central committee meeting of the LTTE leadership could not take place due to events "that were against the promises made by the head of the SLMM".
"The LTTE should learn to accept the protection and the facilities that the government provides and should not give unnecessary reasons that creates obstacles," said Minister Bogollagama.
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