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No negotiations with Tigers even if they lay down arms - SL Premier

TamilNet, Thursday, 25 February 2009

There is no need to talk to Tigers once they lay down arms, said Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramasinghe on Tuesday. �Sri Lanka will not give in to international countries and bodies pressurizing it to stop the war on Liberation Tigers," he said participating in an event held in his office where his son, Vithura Wicremanayake, handed over essential commodities collected by him for the soldiers engaged in the war in the north and those injured, to Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Northern Commander, media sources in Colombo said.

�Though pressure is exerted in various ways by the international countries the government will not stop the war on the Tigers until they are defeated,� the Sri Lankan PM said.

�Sri Lanka is a sovereign state and cannot be commanded by anyone; the Tigers have to lay down their arms, unconditionally, and there is no room for talks with them,� he further said.

�The international countries say that the Tigers should lay down their weapons and come to talks but the position of our government is that there is no need to talk to them once they give up their arms," Wickremanayake said.

�The truth is that some are asking us to stop the war in their own interests but there is no need for our government to act so as to fulfill their selfish motives,� he said.

His son, Vithura Wicremanayake, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) organizer and the prospective candidate for Korana electorate, had walked a hundred miles in the electorate with his supporters and had collected the things to be given to SLA soldiers.

Our sovereignty must be respected," - PM
Sinhala Owned Sri Lankan Daily Mirror, 24 February 2009

Admitting that there was international pressure on it to go for a ceasefire with the LTTE, Sri Lankan government today said it would not bow to calls for a truce as the rebels were on the brink of total defeat.

"We are not ready for a ceasefire and the war against terrorism is at the last stage," Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake said at a function here. "Some countries are pressurising us to go for ceasefire agreement. They think Sri Lanka is a colonial country and it should abide by what they say," he said.

Stating that Sri Lanka was a democratic country, Wickremanayake added it was the government of the people and that the policies were drafted according to their wishes and expectations.

"We will listen only to the people (of the country)," the Prime Minister said while ruling out any ceasefire with the LTTE which he said was waging a war against the government.

"We cannot listen to the concerned international body or community which is putting pressure on us to accept a ceasefire agreement with LTTE," he said.

"Our (Sri Lanka's) sovereignty must be respected and there should be no condition. We will not yield to any pressure," he said.


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