Tamils - a Trans State Nation..

"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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Tracking the Norwegian Conflict Resolution Initiative

LTTE's Unilateral Ceasefires : 2000 -2001
2 December 2000 Sri Lanka Determined to Prosecute War - Anton Balasingham
16 December 2000 Minister Kadirgamar's Baby Talk - Nadesan Satyendra

"...The bottom line which the Tamil people understand only too well,  is that Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism will not agree to a genuine federal structure unless it concluded that if it did not, it may no longer be able to prevent an independent Tamil Eelam from coming into existence..."

16  December 2000 Genuine Peace Negotiations Cannot be Held under Conditions of War  says LTTE
21 December 2000 LTTE Declares Month Long Unilateral Ceasefire to Facilitate Peace Talks
22 December 2000 Britain�s Foreign Office Minister Peter Hain welcomes LTTE ceasefire

�I welcome the announcement of a month-long unilateral ceasefire by the LTTE. I encourage the Sri Lankan Government to follow suit and seize the opportunity offered by this initiative. I hope that this will be a genuine ceasefire and one that will be maintained.�

�For the sake of all Sri Lankans, let us hope that this will be the first step in the process towards creating the right environment for peace negotiations without pre-conditions.�

�I reiterate our support for a solution which upholds the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka whilst meeting the aspirations of all of the communities, including the Tamils.�

25  December 2000 LTTE urges  Sri Lanka to Reconsider its Position on Ceasefire
5 January 2001 LTTE ceasefire opportunistic -  Minister Kadirgamar
23 January 2001 LTTE Extends Unilateral Ceasefire 
4 March 2001 War Against Terrorism Obscures Issues - J.S.Tissanayagam
7 March 2001 Sea Tigers, Stealth Technology & the North Korean Connection - Jane Defence Weekly
24 March 2001 The Singer Error - Nadesan Satyendra

"...Professor Singer was right to make plain that by 'reality' he was referring to the balance of political and military power between the Tamil and Sinhala people. But he may be on less sure ground when he suggests that options unrelated to that 'reality' are 'theoretical' and should, therefore, be abandoned...There may be a need to think out of the box - a box which some would prefer to confine us in..."

25 March 2001 Sri Lanka still to take steps towards peace says Norway
2 April 2001 Ask Erik Solheim! Q&A
18 April 2001 Ceasefire,  Facilitation, Mediation - Anton Blasingham,
23 April 2001 The Peace 'Soap Opera'  - Dr.S.Sathananthan
23 April 2001 LTTE Ceasefire Comes to an End




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