Lanka Peace Talks Welcomed
Sri Lankan government and LTTE urged to strengthen
Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today welcomed the agreement
of the Sri Lankan government and Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam to hold the peace talks in Switzerland, following
the meeting of the Norwegian Envoy Eric Solheim with President Mahinda
Rajapakse and LTTE Chief Villupiallia Prabhakaran. The LTTE
had walked out of talks after the sixth round in Japan in March
2003 complaining that not enough was being done to rebuild the war-ravaged
north and eastern parts of Sri Lanka.
the parties have failed to show requisite sincerity to move the
peace process forward and have been engaged in proxy wars. The critical
issue is the commitment that both the Government of Sri Lanka and
the LTTE must bring in once they now sit across the table, especially
in the light of violations of the Ceasefire Agreement in the last
three years.” – stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian
Centre for Human Rights.
At least 120 people - including
about 80 soldiers and sailors and many civilians - have died in
the upsurge of violence since early December 2005.
Asian Centre for Human Rights urged both the parties
to expand the mandate of the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission to enforce
the cease-fire agreement and create conducive conditions for dialogue. “If necessary the involvement of United
Nations Peace Keeping forces to enforce and monitor cease-fire agreement
should be explored” – stated Mr Chakma.