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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2647

Australia concerned at recent developments in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 08 January, (Asiantribune.com): Australia is concerned about the Sri Lankan Government’s announcement that it intends to withdraw from the 2002 ceasefire agreement with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

This is a step backwards which Australia fears could lead to further escalation of violence, including against civilians, said a statement of the Australian Embassy in Colombo.

The Embassy appeals to all parties to the conflict to protect the human rights of all Sri Lankans.

Sri Lanka’s conflict cannot be resolved militarily. Only a negotiated settlement can bring lasting peace. The Embassy urges all involved parties to submit to democratic processes and the rule of law and to work towards a political solution that meets the aspirations of all Sri Lankans.

- Asian Tribune -

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