|Friday, 12 March 2004|
|Security||Today's Top Story|
by Ranga Jayasuriya
Norwegian special envoy Erick Solheim and German Ambassador Inger Elias met the LTTE's political leader S.P. Thamil Chevan yesterday at the Tiger headquarters in Killinochchi, according to a Tamilnet report.
Solheim was reported to have said at the meeting that the peace facilitator, Norway would remain neutral in the Tiger's split, which he described as an internal crisis of the LTTE. Saying that the Norwegians did not get involved in the constitutional crisis between the President and the Prime Minister, Solheim said it would act in the same manner this time.
"We did not involve ourselves with the discussion between the President and the Prime Minister. In the same manner we will not take any part in the discussion between the LTTE leadership and Mr. Karuna," pro-LTTE Tamilnet quoted Solheim as saying.
"The first is an internal matter for the south and the second is an internal matter for the northeast",he said.
German ambassador had discussions on the April general elections, the status of the ceasefire agreement and the possibility of resuming the peace talks between Colombo and LTTE. German funded development programs in the northeast were also reviewed during the discussions, quoting LTTE officials.
Speaking to the press after the meeting at the LTTE's peace secretariat, the German Ambassador said that it is important that the Liberation Tigers should continue peace talks with the government that would be elected to power on 2 April.
He said the LTTE expressed support for ensuring free and fair polls in the northeast.
The work of GTZ (The German Agency for Technical Cooperation) which is active in development in the north would continue, the ambassador said.
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