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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Sri Lanka Government's Chief negotiator emphasizes the need

[b]Sri Lanka Government's Chief negotiator emphasizes the need to rectify the Ceasefire Agreement [/b]

[b]Geneva, 23 February, ([/b] The Sri Lankan Government's Chief negotiator Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva yesterday highlighted that although the Ceasefire Agreement was the first step towards achieving permanent peace in the country, there was a urgent need to rectify certain 'grave anomalies' arising from this agreement.

Minister de Silva delivering his opening statement at the first session of talks between the Government and the LTTE today (February 22, 2006) at Chateau de Bossey, Switzerland also noted that it was the desire of President Mahinda Rajapakse to look at issues from a fresh perspective to find a sustainable solution to the conflict that engulfs the country. "Let me also re-iterate that our Government is committed to talk, listen and think afresh," he emphasized.

Below is the full text of his statement:

On behalf of H.E. the President of the Republic of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Government of Sri Lanka, I am pleased to make these preliminary comments at the commencement of the talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE, facilitated by the Royal Norwegian Government and hosted by the Government of Switzerland. At the outset, let me thank all the parties, including the Co-Chairs, who have worked tirelessly to make this event a reality.

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