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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

Switzerland pledges to host talks in a conducive environment

[b]Switzerland pledges to host talks in a conducive environment.[/b]

[b] Colombo, 07 February, (;[/b] Switzerland has come forward to host the talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in a conducive environment to reach a mutually acceptable solution when both parties to the conflict meet on 22 and 23 February in Geneva.

It is learnt that already the two parties to the conflict has agreed on the dates for a two day direct talks in Geneva after a lapse of three years since April 2003, when the LTTE reneged on the talks alleging the Sri Lanka Government led by the former Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremasinghe has failed to implement any of those decisions reached in the six round of talks held from September 2002.

Subsequently on 25 January this year, it was agreed that Talks to be held in Geneva after a compromising formula was reached on the venue after the mediation of a delegation of the Norwegian facilitators led by Erik Solheim, Norway’s Minister for International Aid met the Mahinda Rajapakse President of Sri Lanka and later with the reclusive LTTE leader Velupillai Prabakaran who emerged from his Vanni hideout for a meeting in Kilinochchi.

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