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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2764

Switzerland to continue promoting "peace and of human rights in Sri Lanka."

Colombo, 31 October, (Asiantribune.com): Switzerland revealed that as a consolation to cover up its disappointment over the collapse of the recent peace talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the parties would mutually honour the ceasefire agreement as pledged. Also Switzerland indicated that it largely expects that both the parties would not launch any military campaign against each other as agreed in Geneva.

Switzerland hosted the talks between the Government of Sri Lanka Government and the Tamil rebel outfit, Tamil Tigers on 28 and 29th held on Geneva. Even earlier, Switzerland hosted the first Talks between the two warring parties in February this year.

In a press statement Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has vented its regret and dismay over the collapse of the last peace talks in Geneva.

DFA said, "Notes with regret that the talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on 28 and 29 October in Geneva did not achieve any tangible progress and that no decision was made as to further meetings between the conflicting parties."

The press release pointed out that under the facilitation of Norway, the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE met in Geneva on 28 and 29 October 2006 for direct consultations in order to explore the opportunities for further peace talks. Unfortunately the parties were unable to agree on further meetings.

Switzerland in its opening address expressed its expectation that the talks would lead to an improvement of the humanitarian situation of the civilian population and to a new dynamism in the political peace process. These hopes were not fulfilled in this round of talks, the statement revealed.

In a conciliatory tone DFA expressed its concern over both the protagonist of war pledging to respect the cease-fire and not to carry out any military offensives. Statement added "Switzerland expects these undertakings to be honoured."

Furthermore the statement indicated Switzerland’s intention "to continue its activities for the promotion of peace and of human rights in Sri Lanka."

- Asian Tribune -

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