|Thursday, 23 September 2004|
Government should lay down conditions before ISGA talks - JHU Leader
by Ranil Wijayapala and Bharatha Malawaraarachchi
The Government should lay down conditions to the LTTE before preparing to discuss the LTTE Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) proposals at peace talks, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Leader Ven. Ellawala Medhananda Thera said.
Addressing a press briefing at the Parliament complex yesterday, Ven. Medhananda Thera said the JHU stance is that the LTTE should accept territorial integrity and the legal structure of the country if they are to commence talks based on the ISGA proposals.
One of the conditions that the LTTE gives up arms and make a pledge to enter into the mainstream democratic political process of the country before commencing talks. The LTTE also should dissolve their suicide brigade and put a stop to child recruitment, Ven. Medhananda Thera added.
In addition to this, the LTTE should also stop the killing of political opponents prior to entering peace talks based on the ISGA proposals, he said. "We will not oppose the Government entering peace talks with the LTTE based on ISGA proposals after putting forward these conditions to the LTTE," Ven. Medhananda Thera said.
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