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Acts of violence may jeopardise the Sri Lanka-talks in Geneva

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Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government

Publisher Ministry of Foreign Affairs

- Only the parties, the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE, can stabilise the security situation and secure the talks in Geneva, says Norwegian Minister of International Development Mr Erik Solheim". (15.04.06)

Press release

Nr.: 47/06
Date: 15.04.2006

Acts of violence may jeopardise the Sri Lanka-talks in Geneva

Increased level of violence during the latest days puts the talks in Geneva in danger. Only the parties themselves can secure the situation.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has set as a precondition for the talks in Geneva, planned to take place 24 and 25 April, that their high-level leaders should meet in advance. An attempt to organise secure transport in this regard was disrupted today and challenges the peace talks.

- Only the parties, the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE, can stabilise the security situation and secure the talks in Geneva, says Norwegian Minister of International Development Mr Erik Solheim". "Norway is awaiting a report from the civilian monitoring mission, Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), regarding the latest incidents, and will seek advise with representatives of the International Community for how to go forward, adds Minister Solheim".

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