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LTTE delegation Arrives in Geneva
The 12-member Liberation Tigers delegation arrived at the Geneva airport at 4.30 a.m. 18 February 2006, Saturday morning to attend the peace talks with the Government of Sri Lanka on 22-23rd February, and was met at the air port by the Swiss Foreign Ministry officials headed by Ms. Sidonia Gabriel (Programme officer, Peace Policy, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs), sources in Geneva said. Liberation Tigers Chief Negotiator and Political Strategist Mr. Anton Balasingham is expected to join the delegation on Monday afternoon, according to LTTE sources.
The airport entry procedures were expedited for the LTTE delegation as they were led by Swiss officials through diplomatic immigration formalities. Anton Ponrajah, the Head of the Geneva based International Federation of Tamils was at hand to receive the Peace Talks Team flying in from Colombo, led by S.P.Tamilchelvan, Head of the Political Wing of the LTTE. Later Mr. Thamilchelvan addressed the large gathering of expatriate Swiss-Tamils inside the airport Press Conference Hall at 6 a.m.
Thamilchelvan told the expatriate Tamils that the talks will reveal the bona fides of the Sri Lanka Government in seeking a peaceful resolution to the Tamil National question.
"If we look at the recent past, even after the meeting between
Pirapaharan and Norwegian International Development Minister Mr. Erik
Lanka Armed forces have not taken any genuine steps to improve the normalcy of
our people in Jaffna. We are dismayed at the increasing number of complaints
of harassment and additional deployment of troops," Tamilchelvan told the
audience.In addition to Thamilchelvan, and Mr Balasingam, the LTTE delegation
for the peace talks consists of former Southern Forces Commander Col.Jeyam, Head
of the Tamileelam Police, P Nadesan, and former Batticaloa District Political
Head of the LTTE, Mr. Ilanthiraiyan (Marshall). Ilanthiraiyan's knowledge on the
ground situation in the east and the military dimensions of east's geography
will be a useful asset to the negotiating team, an LTTE official said.