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Sri Lanka to decide truce fate in two weeks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, May 30, IRNA
Sri Lanka-LTTE-Truce
Sri Lanka today said it will decide within two weeks whether to maintain the Norwegian-brokered ceasefire agreement with Tamil Tigers in the backdrop of escalating violence.

"As far as the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) is concerned the ground reality is that it is not operative at the moment," Defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters in Colombo today, PTI reported here.

"In a couple of weeks, we might have an announcement either way - whether to strengthen it or abrogate it. The ground reality does not reflect a serious CFA, although it stands as it is officially. There is no secret about it," Rambukwella, who is also the Minister of Foreign Employment said.

The government of President Mahinda Rajapakse has gone along with the truce concluded by a previous administration, but has also shown its dissatisfaction with the agreement.

The present government has often called the truce a sell out to the Tigers and also accused the guerrillas of using the truce to strengthen themselves.


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