Erik Solheim releases statement

Full Text of Statement released by Erik Solheim, Norwegian Minister of International Development – on behalf of the parties to the Sri Lanka conflict, the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE):

Sri Lanka Talks
22-23 February 2006, Geneva, Switzerland

The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) met in Geneva 22-23 February 2006 for talks on the Ceasefire Agreement.

The parties discussed issues related to the ceasefire, including the concerns of the Muslim, Sinhalese, and Tamil civilians.

The GOSL and the LTTE are committed to respecting and upholding the Ceasefire Agreement, and reconfirmed their commitment to fully cooperate with and respect the rulings of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM).

The GOSL and the LTTE are committed to taking all necessary measures to ensure that there will be no intimidation, acts of violence, abductions or killings.

The LTTE is committed to taking all necessary measures to ensure that there will be no acts of violence against the security forces and police. The GOSL is committed to taking all necessary measures in accordance with the Ceasefire Agreement to ensure that no armed group or person other than Government security forces will carry arms or conduct armed operations.

The GOSL and the LTTE discussed all issues concerning the welfare of children in the North East, including the recruitment of children.

The SLMM will report on implementation on the above agreements at the next session of talks.

The parties requested the Swiss Government to host the next round of talks in Geneva on 19-21 April 2006.

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13 Comments

  1. Sri Lankan people both parties should learn to live in a modern civilised society. History of the present conflict dates back many years. We should forget the past and realise that tamils, sinahlese, muslims & christians are all same human beings. All parties that try to force their view on public by terror, time has come to realise, that no one has the right to kill and torture a fellow human beings. Those who commit these terrible crimes have no place in the human society. They must be placed in the lower level of society than animals. Time we all grow up we can all live together and be good neighbours.

  2. Dear Sir/Madam,

    I dont whether you will ever read this or not. but i must ask you how long do we have to wait for a lasting peace in sri lanka. all i hear is peace talks here and there.
    why do we have to travel all over the world do discuss about this issue? what a waste of time and money. our country needs to develop fast. the government of sri lanka is resposible for that. our ministers bribe as much as they can and done nothing for the country or the people. why cant we just sit with the LTTE and finish this off in a day or two. if no solution is reached then finish it off with the war. do or die. i know the government and the LTTE doesnt want to end this war by peace, because none of them will get aid from foreign countries and their pockets will be empty.

  3. Let GOSL and LTTE to continuite CFA more furher to meet Tamils peoples aspritaion to accomodated grantee real power of ruling their concern terriotroy ;need urgently address fundamental right of developement concern area.Address the very problem of politicial power for Tamil is parmount issue is on going discussion.
    GOSL act not in words but indeeds grantee real power base for tamils rights. my position is different I stand for right of self-dertemantion since last 30 odd years.

  4. The Srilankans are fed up with the politicians who are only interested about their power base.The expertise and the efficiency of those of the UNF GOVT IS NOT AVAILABLE TO THIS gOVT. Its better the President choose the best persons who could match Dr.Balasingam .The team is utterly not amatch and they could only read and produce what is written by others.

    However there is no sign of any improvement. The govt. has further messed up to satisfy the hard liners and the election in mind.

    God save Motherlanka and her children.

  5. Both parties need to pay attention to certain preconditions for successful negotiation.
    There must be a will to succed and a cerain hope that success will come.
    We must be ready for ups and downs in the process. Never give up.Neither party must seek for themselves rights and privileges they deny to others.
    Every person in Sri Lanka must bea assaured of equal and inalienable rights

  6. WE IN SRI LANKA BUDDHISTS , HINDUS AND TO A LARGER EXTENT ALL OTHER COMMUNITIES DO BELIEVE RE BIRTH,REINCARNETION.IN THIS CONTEXT, IN THIS PROCESS,IN THEIR NEXT BIRTHS SINHALEASE WILL BE BORN AS TAMILS IN JAFFNA AND TAMILS WILL BE BORN AS SINHALEASE IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY ,IF THIS CONFLICT CONTINUES ONCE AGAIN IN THEIR NEXT BIRTHS TOO SOLDIERS AND LTTE TIGERS WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT IN THEIR OWN NEXT BIRTHS ETHINIC GROUPS.

  7. I feel the Sri Lankan Government is really serious about the peace talks this time. The way the talks were handled by the GOSL was very professional.
    The decision to include IGP Chandra Fernando in the Talks , I feel was a very wise move. His presentation of evidence collected at the crime scene of the brutal assassination of former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar pointing a finger at the LTTE was never disputed by the LTTE representatives , it is reported.
    It is high time the International Community realize that LTTE is not a political party or a freedom movement but a terrorist organisation.

  8. The South has been getting the benefits of the ceasefire but people in the North are still confronting displacement HSZ etc. Why people in the South fail to acknowledge state terrorism and that innocent Tamils such as those youths from Trincomalee continue to suffer from it.

  9. Its the UNP who admitted that they created the paramilitaries. And now Tamils are continuing to die from it. The GOSL failed to observe the CFA in a manner which innocent people and even parliamentarians non combatants and journalists were killed. This agreement is in the right direction. Hopefully it will work. Let peace prevail for all Sri Lankans.

  10. Let me add my perrsonal feeling on this issue.

    This is the correcect time we can expect something positive because H.E .Mahinda Rajapaksa is not selfish person like any useless president elected pass for our bad luck.

  11. It seems that the peace talks which held in Geneva is a result out of mutual fear and distrust rather than mutual amity and trust between GOSL and LTTE. If there should be a constructive outcome of the peace talks there should be mutual trust and amity between the parties concerned otherwise no fruitful outcome can be expected from the talks instead it`s just wasting time and money for nothing.

  12. Division is not the solution. We all should think as a one nation. As a third would country we all face the same problem, poverty unemployment social injustice and many other difficulties common to all, but not only to one community. If you go to any rural or even urban area, whether in north, south, east, west or middle you could see the same thing: real ground situation. One cannot over come those challenges by war. It brings only death disaster and destruction. No one achieved any thing by bullet and bomb during the last twenty years. It made commen life more hard and insecure. It may not bring any thing deference in future other than disaster.

    Dialogue is the best way to find solutions. Problems could solve with tolerance and mutual understanding. Peace is the only way to bring an amicable solution to all our problems. We realise the present President is taking a genuine effort to bring lasting solution to this issue with the consent all other parties. There for LTTE should act wisely and honestly this time with out playing a double game.

    Daya Niaketiya.

  13. It was the GOSL leadership that failed to solve this within the borders. Now it’s in the hands of the “international community”. So many nations are getting involved, but they too fail in safeguarding the lives and rights of non combatants. It’s unfair to blame the current President for outcome of these talks. The predecessor should take more responsibility, however this should be an eye opener for the new President of Sri Lanka.

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