Co-chairs reaffirm support to Norwegian facilitation

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 April 2006, 14:17 GMT]
The Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Donor Conference, who met in Oslo on 28 April to discuss the detoriating situation in Sri Lanka, reaffirmed their support to Norwegian facilitators and decided to meet again in Tokyo to further discuss steps and concerted actions to encourage the parties to pursue a durable solution in Sri Lanka.

Co-chairs meet in Oslo
[L-R] US Assistant Secretary of State, Richard A. Boucher, Japanese Special Envoy Mr.Yasushi Akashi , Norwegian International Development Minister Mr. Erik Solheim and EU Deputy Director for External Relations Mr. Hervé Jouanjean


Full text of the press statement follows:

Statement by the Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Donor Conference

28 April 2006

Co-chairs meet in Oslo
[L-R] US Assistant Secretary of State, Richard A. Boucher and International Development Minister of Norway Mr. Erik Solheim addressng media after the Co-chairs meeting
Co-chairs meet in Oslo
Minister of International Development, Mr. Erik Solheim (middle) hosted the meeting. Photo: Petter Foss, MFA
The Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Donor Conference (the European Union and the Governments of Japan, the United States and Norway) met in Oslo on 28 April for consultations.

The purpose of the meeting was to assess the serious situation in Sri Lanka and examine how Co-Chairs could most effectively respond to it.

Co-Chairs reiterated their deep concern at the recent deterioration of the situation in Sri Lanka, condemning all acts of violence and calling on this to stop.

The Co-Chairs from the EU, Japan and USA reaffirmed their support to the Norwegian peace facilitators.

The Co-Chairs have decided to meet again in Tokyo to further discuss steps and concerted actions to encourage the parties to pursue a durable solution in Sri Lanka.

 

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