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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Tokyo Donor Conference commends Sri Lanka and faults LTTE...

[b]Tokyo Donor Conference commends Sri Lanka and faults LTTE for lack of commitment to the peace process[/b]

Daya Gamage – US Correspondent to Asian Tribune

[b]New York, N.Y. 20 September ([/b] The Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Donor Conference while commending the Government of Sri Lanka for its restraint in face of provocative behavior of the Tamil rebel outfit LTTE faulted the Tigers for rejecting the proposed venue to review the Ceasefire Agreement and called on the LTTE to take swift public steps to demonstrate its commitment to the peace process.

The Co-Chairs, representing European Commission, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom and Norway, met on Monday, September 19 in New York to discuss the current situation in Sri Lanka, following the assassination of the country’s foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.

The Co-Chairs, at this New York discussion, reiterated their unequivocal condemnation of Kadirgamar’s assassination saying that this unconscionable act of terrorism casts profound doubt on the commitment of those responsible (for this assassination) to a peaceful and political resolution of the conflict.

In the statement issues after the meeting in New York, the Co-Chairs wanted an immediate end to political assassinations by the LTTE and an end to LTTE recruitment of child soldiers, two-step they wanted as positive actions from the Tiger outfit.

The statement further states, “The Co-Chairs believe that the peace process between the Government and the LTTE is facing its most serious challenge since the Ceasefire Agreement came into force in February 2002. The Ceasefire Agreement remains the essential anchor of the peace process and is put at grave risk by the continuing violence. Effective implementation of the agreement is the responsibility of the Government and the LTTE.”

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