Saturday, November 19, 2005

Sri Lankan president promises to amend cease fire agreement

The incoming Sri Lankan president Mr. Rajapaksa said he would take several measures to “amend” the Ceasefire Agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

He made this point in an address shortly after the swearing-in ceremony.

Analysts fear that Mr Rajapaksa is using the term “amend” as a political code word for abandon.

The Cease Fire agreement was signed in 2002 by the then prime minister of the GoSL and the looser of the last presidential elections MR. Ranil Wickramasinghe and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Many fear that if Mr. Rajapaksa is to implement his pre-election promises to unilaterally amend the bilateral agreement he may in fact be putting an end to the agreement on the whole and returning the country to civil war.

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