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"To us all towns are one, all men our kin.
Life's good comes not from others' gift, nor ill
Man's pains and pains' relief are from within.
Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !."
Tamil Poem in Purananuru, circa 500 B.C 

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Exchange of Letters - India  & Sri Lanka

February 1987

The substance and details of the messages exchanged between India and Sri Lanka in February 1987 were presented by Sri Lanka President J.R.Jayawardene in an address to the Sri Lanka Parliament.

Message from the Prime Minister and the Government of India
to the President and Government of Sri Lanka delivered in Colombo
by the Indian High Commissioner Mr.J.N.Dixit on 9 February 1987

1. As far as the current military operations against the Tamil civilians continue, and other discriminatory measures, like economic and communications blockade affecting civilians exist, India is not in a position to resume discussions with Tamil militants. While this is so for the present, India will remain willing to resume the peace process if and when these actions are withdrawn.

2. India is firmly of the view that the proposals which emerged on the 19th of December, after Mr.Natwar Singh and Mr.Chidambaram's visit to Colombo, must clearly be affirmed by the Government of Sri Lanka as a basis and only a beginning point for further negotiations. India is also of the view that the final framework of a solution based on these proposals can only be forged when the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamil side come together again for negotiations.

3. If the Government of Sri Lanka continues the economic blockade and military operations against the Tamils, prospects of violence will increase. India's assessment is that the conflict will be prolonged and will escalate."

The Response from  the President and Government of Sri Lanka
to the Prime Minister and the Government of India was handed over by President Jayawardene to the Indian High Commissioner Mr.J.N.Dixit on 12 February 1987

"The response to the Government of India's message being given below is predicated on the clear understanding that all further discussions to be held or solutions to be evolved shall be within the framework of the Independence, Territorial Integrity and Unity of Sri Lanka.

1. If the armed separatists (LTTE) agree to cease armed violent operations and related military preparations and desist from any activity aimed at setting up, or interfering with, the legal administration of the area, and this is announced by them, the Government of Sri Lanka would ensure that the Armed Forces will not carry out any further military operations in the area during this period.

2.When hostilities cease, in terms of para 1 above, the embargo (on the movement of certain commodities), now in force in the Jaffna peninsula will be lifted.

a. If the LTTE is prepared to attend talks with representatives of the Government of Sri Lanka towards a peaceful solution of the ethnic problem, appropriate talks may be held in New Delhi with the assistance of the representatives of the Indian Government. The Government of Sri Lanka expects the Government of India to underwrite the implementation of any agreement so reached.

3. Upon the armed separatists giving up their arms - a vital step in strengthening the civil administration - a general amnesty will be given to them by the President of Sri Lanka.

4. When talks towards a peaceful solution to the ethnic problem commence, the Government of Sri Lanka will release those persons now held in custody under the Prevention of Terrorism Act who have no charges against them.

5. In all these proceedings, the mediatory role and the good offices of the Government of India are relevant. The Government of Sri Lanka reaffirms that the results of the discussions held so far, including the proposals of 19th December 1986, will be the basis for evolving a durable solution.

6. The Government of Sri Lanka is agreeable to an early date being fixed for the negotiations."



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