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LTTE reiterates need for permanent ceasefire

[TamilNet, Monday, 13 April 2009 18:39 No Comment]

The Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) Political Division, in a statement issued in Tamil on Monday called the Sri Lankan announcement of restricting military operations for two days as an eyewash to create an impression of engagement on false premises. Condemning the move as a "political drama" aimed at "deceiving the International Community and the Tamil people", the LTTE said the Sri Lanka Army was continuing indiscriminate shelling and gunfire on civilians. The LTTE statement categorically stated that the Tigers were calling for a politically and militarily meaningful ceasefire with humanitarian considerations.

The LTTE seeks an unconditional and permanent ceasefire conducive for peaceful negotiations, the statement issued from Vanni said.

"The ceasefire would be meaningful and constructive with the facilitation of the International Community," the Tiger statement pointed out.

A ceasefire should not be dictated solely on the premises of the Sri Lankan military objectives. On the contrary, it should be based on humanitarian and political objectives, the LTTE said.

Detailing the sufferings of the Tamil people facing the Sri Lankan military onslaught, the LTTE called for an immediate implementation of a such ceasefire.

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