Tamils tell LTTE: Stop the War
Sunday, 19 February 2006
'Tamils for democracy' in London, and similar organizations in Geneva are planning rallies while peace negotiators from the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE were scheduled to get talks under way this week at Chateau de Bossey in Geneva. "Stop the war, resume peace'' was the slogan of the London demonstrators who will be staging their rally in Trafalgar Square on Sunday.
"The threat of war by the LTTE casts a shadow upon the lives of people'' said the organizers of the rally. This will be one of the key slogans of the proceedings in Trafalgar Square. Among other slogans will be "actual talks lasted only one year", "stop extortion", "stop conscription of child soldiers" etc.
There will be no "peace tours and travels" as in the last peace talks, said sources in Geneva where apparently the negotiation teams will not hobnob with the media as in the previous peace talks.
Press opportunities will be restricted to one session before the talks begin on Wednesday, and another after talks end Thursday.
Among those Tamil organizations involved in the Trafalgar Square demonstration are the Tamil Democratic Congress, Tamil Women's League, Sri Lanka Muslim Information Centre, Committee for Democracy for Justice in Sri Lanka.
Some peace NGOs have however turned up in Geneva with the intention of meeting the negotiating team and making the peace sessions a "peace carnival" sources said, but the talks will be closed door sessions and the plan is to restrict media access and access by interested parties to the peace teams to a few planned sessions.
Online edition of Sunday Observer - Security