Sunday, January 13, 2008

LTTE peace overtures a joke: official

Colombo (PTI): Dismissing LTTE's offer on resumption of the ceasefire agreement as a "joke", a senior Sri Lankan official has said the the rebel chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran had resorted to such tactics whenever he was in trouble to "rearm" the outfit.

The LTTE started waging war on the Indian Peace Keeping Force despite signing the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord in 1987, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative in Geneva Dayan Jayatilleka said, stressing that the outfit could not be trusted.

"The LTTE should have implemented the CFA of 2002 in 2002 and not in 2008," the ambassador said accusing the rebels of violating the ceasefire for successive years.

"The LTTE now says that it is willing to implement the 2002 CFA in its entirety without any changes. This is a joke," he said.

"How can that be? In July 1987, the LTTE chief Prabhakaran said he was willing to accept the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord. But on 10th October 1987, he started waging war against the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF)," Jayatilleka told the BBC's Sinhala unit yesterday.

"This is what Prabhakaran always does. When he is in trouble, he says that he is ready for peace negotiations. But, later the LTTE rearms itself and attacks. We place no trust in anything that the LTTE says," he said.