Donor Co-chairs welcome Geneva outcome

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 28 February 2006, 12:00 GMT]
Japan, Norway, the United States and the European Union welcomed the outcome of the meeting on the "implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement" and the "renewed commitment from the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE to respect and uphold the Ceasefire Agreement, as well as the reconfirmation of their commitment to cooperate fully with and respect the rulings of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM)," in a press release issued Tuesday.

Full text of the release follows:

CO-CHAIRS WELCOME COMMITMENTS FROM GENEVA TALKS

The Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Donor Conference (the governments of Japan, Norway, the United States and the European Union) welcome the outcome of the meeting on the implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) held in Geneva on 22- 23 February 2006.

They welcome the renewed commitment from the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE to respect and uphold the Ceasefire Agreement, as well as the reconfirmation of their commitment to cooperate fully with and respect the rulings of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM). The Co-Chairs welcome the parties’ commitment to ensure that there will be no violence, killings, and operations by armed groups, in accordance with the Ceasefire Agreement. The Co-Chairs also note that the parties to the talks discussed issues concerning the welfare of children in the North East, including the recruitment of children.

The Co-chairs stress the importance of the parties implementing these commitments on the ground so as to build confidence and a conducive environment for progressing towards lasting peace for all peoples of Sri Lanka.

The Co-Chairs congratulate both sides on the constructive approach taken and particularly welcome the request by the two parties to the Swiss government for it to host further sessions of talks in Geneva on 19-21 April 2006. The Co-Chairs will continue to do their utmost to help the parties along the road of negotiation.

The Co-Chairs commend the invaluable assistance provided by the Government of Norway in its continued role as facilitator. We stand ready to assist Norway in its efforts to bring about a durable peace in Sri Lanka.


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