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Ned for the role of Norway to continue as negotiator and meet with LTTE - Tokyo Co-Chairs

Colombo, 13 January, (Asiantribune.com): In a joint statement, Tokyo Co-Chairs (Norway, Japan, US and EU) expressed the need to continue with Norway’s role as peace negotiator and also the concern about the termination of the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement by the Government of Sri Lanka.

These concerns have already been expressed in individual statements.

They requested the Government of Sri Lanka to provide them access to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Kilinochchi for representatives of the Co-Chairs and the facilitator to continue as negotiators.

The Co-Chairs emphasized their belief that there is no military solution to the conflict in Sri Lanka, and reiterate their support for a negotiated settlement.

They urged as follows: the Government of Sri Lanka to finalize a politically sustainable devolution plan, all parties to comply with their obligations under international law to protect civilians and allow access by humanitarian aid agencies to populations in need.

They expressed deep concern about the human rights situation and protection of civilians in Sri Lanka, and call for continued monitoring of the human rights situation by such means as to assure an appropriate role for the UN

- Asian Tribune -

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