1. As far as the current military operations against the Tamil civilians
continue, and other discriminatory measures, like economic and communications blockade
affecting civilians exist, India is not in a position to resume discussions with Tamil
militants. While this is so for the present, India will remain willing to resume the peace
process if and when these actions are withdrawn.
2. India is firmly of the view that the proposals which emerged on the
19th of December, after Mr.Natwar Singh and Mr.Chidambaram's visit to Colombo, must
clearly be affirmed by the Government of Sri Lanka as a basis and only a beginning point
for further negotiations. India is also of the view that the final framework of a solution
based on these proposals can only be forged when the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamil
side come together again for negotiations.
3. If the Government of Sri Lanka continues the economic blockade and
military operations against the Tamils, prospects of violence will increase. India's
assessment is that the conflict will be prolonged and will escalate."
"The response to the Government of India's message being given below
is predicated on the clear understanding that all further discussions to be held or
solutions to be evolved shall be within the framework of the Independence, Territorial
Integrity and Unity of Sri Lanka.
1. If the armed separatists (LTTE) agree to cease armed violent operations
and related military preparations and desist from any activity aimed at setting up, or
interfering with, the legal administration of the area, and this is announced by them, the
Government of Sri Lanka would ensure that the Armed Forces will not carry out any further
military operations in the area during this period.
2.When hostilities cease, in terms of para 1 above, the embargo (on the
movement of certain commodities), now in force in the Jaffna peninsula will be lifted.
a. If the LTTE is prepared to attend talks with representatives of the
Government of Sri Lanka towards a peaceful solution of the ethnic problem, appropriate
talks may be held in New Delhi with the assistance of the representatives of the Indian
Government. The Government of Sri Lanka expects the Government of India to underwrite the
implementation of any agreement so reached.
3. Upon the armed separatists giving up their arms - a vital step in
strengthening the civil administration - a general amnesty will be given to them by the
President of Sri Lanka.
4. When talks towards a peaceful solution to the ethnic problem commence,
the Government of Sri Lanka will release those persons now held in custody under the
Prevention of Terrorism Act who have no charges against them.
5. In all these proceedings, the mediatory role and the good offices of
the Government of India are relevant. The Government of Sri Lanka reaffirms that the
results of the discussions held so far, including the proposals of 19th December 1986,
will be the basis for evolving a durable solution.
6. The Government of Sri Lanka is agreeable to an early date being fixed
for the negotiations."