Co-chairs welcome Geneva talks - urge
[February 21, 2006 - 14.00 GMT]
The European Union
and the Governments of Japan, Norway and the United States, the
Co-Chairs in the Sri Lankan Peace Process, welcome the February 22- 23
discussions between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and urges the parties to be open and
flexible in attitude.
A Press release from the Europeran Commission Delegation, Sri Lanka,
(the Current Chair of the Co-Chairs) states the Co-Chairs see the talks
at Geneva as an opportunity to restore confidence in the Ceasefire
Agreement and move forward towards a peaceful future.
"We urge parties to approach the opportunity with an open and flexible
attitude. We also welcome the decreased violence since the January 25
announcement of the talks as a sign that the parties take seriously and
fully respect their commitments under the Ceasefire Agreement."
Commending the invaluable assistance provided by the Government of
Norway in its continued role as facilitator, the Co-Chairs state: "We
stand ready to assist Norway in its efforts to bring about a durable
peace in Sri Lanka."
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Date: February 22, 2006 - 14.00 GMT