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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2527

Sri Lankan welcomes EU engagement, pledges commitment to peace process

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 20 May, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lankan government on Friday welcomed the “constructive engagement by the EU,” a day after the EU parliament recommended a freeze on the LTTE assets in the Europe and the local EU Presidency , Netherlands, announced that a formal ban is “under active consideration”

The government in a statement said it remained committed to talks with the LTTE, on both the ceasefire and substantive issues relevant to the peace process.

“It is the fervent hope of the Government that the LTTE will take into account the expressed view of the international community and desist from further acts of violence and engage constructively in the peace process,” it added.

In a subtle reference to earlier remarks by the LTTE‘s Chief Negotiator Anton Balasingham, that a ban would encourage the “hardliners in the South” to seek a military option, the Government stated that, it remained convinced that a solution to the issues at hand has to be sought only through political means and not through military means.

It rejected suggestions that these measures by the international community would encourage any military option by anyone.

“The Government appreciates the continued and constructive engagement of the EU as a member of the Co-Chairs in the peace process facilitated by Norway. The Government also looks forward to the continued role of the SLMM in support of the ceasefire,” the statement added.

The government also said it was resolved to continue the consensus building process with the participation of all political parties and to seek participation of all communities in governance and to ensure human rights, democracy and pluralism.

Meanwhile, the local Presidency of the European Union, Netherlands in a statement issued from the Royal Netherlands Embassy stated that “at this stage, a possible listing of the LTTE is under active consideration by the Member States of the EU. This process will be concluded in due course of time by a decision of the Counsel of Ministers of the EU Member States”.

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