The SLG had communicated its decision to the Norwegian peace facilitators. Soon after the LTTE said it will not travel to Geneva to continue
with the talks, it refused to receive the Sri Lanka Peace Monitoring Mission delegation accusing it of taking sides with the
While the LTTE has a track record of double-speak and does follow a policy of violence at arms-length, it is surprising that the SLG waited this long to grant it permission to fly its commanders to confer with its leaders. The LTTE had said that it wanted safe
passage guarantees several weeks ago and the SLG had not responded to its request. Now claiming that the LTTE has “run out” of excuses is being disingenuous.
The EU is the only entity that has any leverage on the LTTE. If it breaks off contact with the LTTE, it is return to civil war that Sri Lanka cannot afford and will probably lose. What may be prudent is tightening the limited sanctions regime in vogue today by tightening money transfers that keep the LTTE so effective.
The Tamils have genuine grievances against Sri Lanka and those issues cannot be forgotten just because the LTTE has painted itself into a corner.