Monday, December 12, 2005

Japanese envoy told he can not meet the LTTE

In a desperate attempt to hide the atrocities committed by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) across the Tamil homeland, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has not approved Japanese special envoy Yasushi Akashi's request to visit Kilinochchi to hold meetings with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), sources in Colombo reported.

‘Foreign Minister has turned down several requests made by visiting foreign dignitaries to visit the LTTE-held areas,’ Foreign Ministry sources said.

Minister Samaraweera has said that only Norwegian delegations can visit Wanni with the support of the Sri Lankan government as they are still working as facilitators for Sri Lanka’s peace process.

‘Others have no business with the LTTE and the government is not going to give any facility for their meeting with the rebels,’ the Minister reportedly told his officials.

‘Clearly the government has something to hide. Otherwise why would they stop the envoy from visiting the LTTE? Mr. Akashi has held talks with the LTTE in all his previous visits. Surely he could have helped move the peace process forward’ a defence analyst said.

During the 90s the Government of Sri Lanka imposed a ban on all international media from reporting from the North-East in desperate attempts to stop news of its systematic campaign of genocide reaching the outside world.

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