US welcomes Government- LTTE talks in Geneva
[b]US welcomes Government- LTTE talks in Geneva[/b]
By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting fro Asian Tribune
Colombo, 26 January, (Asiantribune.com): The United States has welcome the agreement by the Sri Lankan government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to hold peace talks in February in Geneva. "We commend Special Envoy Erik Solheim for his effort to advance this positive development and fully support Norway's facilitation of the peace process," United States Department of State Spokesman Sean McCormack said in a statement today.
As Under Secretary for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns said during his January 23 trip to Sri Lanka, this long conflict will end only when the LTTE and the government resume discussions, and the LTTE are convinced to stop using violence and acts of terror as political weapons.
The United States and the other Co-chairs of the Tokyo Donors' Conference - the European Union, Japan and Norway - have called repeatedly for a return to the negotiating table to work towards a stable permanent peace. The United States remains fully committed to the Sri Lankan peace process.