Co-chairs to Sri Lanka peace process welcome peace talks, call for maximum flexibility

Sept 12, (LBO) – Three of the co-chairs which underwrote Sri Lanka’s peace process, has welcomed the decision of the government and Tamil Tigers to unconditional talks, and called for maximum flexibility and and end to violence by both parties. They also welcome the President’s recent moves to work with other political parties to develop a common national agenda and a lasting constitutional settlement to the conflict. œThe Co-Chairs welcome the expression of willingness of the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE to come to talks unconditionally as conveyed to the Facilitator. The Parties should cease all violence immediately, a joint statement by USA, Japan and the EU, issued following a meeting in Brussels, said.

œThe meeting should take place urgently in Oslo at the beginning of October, to be agreed to by the Parties.

The statement said until now, the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE have engaged in military ground operations and neither has responded adequately to call to cease hostilities.

œThe Co-Chairs are deeply alarmed by the recent deliberate violations of the Ceasefire Agreement by the Parties, the statement said.

œThese have escalated violence and resulted in massive and widespread