Sri Lanka Co-Chairs
Meeting - 19 December, 2005
Final Statement - Full text
The Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Donor Conference met in
Brussels on 19 December 2005 to review the situation in Sri Lanka. A
representative of the Indian Government met separately with the
Co-Chairs for an exchange of views.
The Co-Chairs note that Sri Lanka is facing a crucial
choice between increased violence and re-invigorating the peace
process. The prospects for long-term peace lie in the hands of the
Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE. The Sri Lankan people want
peace. A failure to respond to this desire would be a tragic step
The Co-Chairs note the recent LTTE appeal for "a reasonable
political framework". However, the Co-Chairs condemn the LTTE's
enforced boycott of the Presidential election in parts of the North
and East, which deprived Tamil voters of their right to vote.
The Co-Chairs also condemn in the strongest terms the recent
escalation in violence in the North and East.
The Co-Chairs call on the LTTE to put an immediate end to their
on-going campaign of violence and again urge the LTTE to demonstrate
their commitment to the Ceasefire Agreement and the peace process.
Failure to demonstrate a willingness to change would not be without
recognise that activities of paramilitary groups are another of the
causes for the deteriorating situation. They urge the Government to
ensure that such groups cease their paramilitary activities, as a
demonstration of its commitment to a peaceful way forward.
The Co-Chairs welcome the agreement of the Sri Lankan Government and
the LTTE to hold immediate talks to review the implementation of the
Ceasefire Agreement, and also welcome Japan's offer to
host these. They strongly urge both sides to start such talks
without further delay or prevarication.
The Co-Chairs welcome the President's aim to develop a credible
political platform in the South to take the peace process forward.
The Co-Chairs call on all in the South, particularly the main
political parties, to contribute constructively and flexibly. The
Co-Chairs believe that such a settlement should be based on a united
Sri Lanka, taking account of the aspirations of all
The Co-Chairs commend the Muslim community for their restraint in
the face of recent provocations.
The Co-Chairs welcome the Sri Lankan Government's confirmation of
its confidence to the Norwegian facilitation, as well as that of the
LTTE. The Co-Chairs state their full and unequivocal support for
Norway's efforts, building on progress made in peace
talks held since the Ceasefire Agreement.
The Co-Chairs equally express their fullest support for the work of
the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in an increasingly volatile
environment. Ensuring a conducive environment for continued SLMM
operations and the security of the SLMM staff remains vital.
Finally, as a further sign of commitment to the peaceful resolution
of the civil conflict, the Co-Chairs express their readiness to hold
their next meeting in Sri Lanka close to the fourth anniversary of
the Ceasefire Agreement.
Report in the Hindu (communicated by Rajan
Sriskandarajah, 21 December 2005)
co-chairs of Lanka's peace demand end to rebel violence
Colombo, Dec. 20 (AP): An international group
supporting Sri Lanka's peace process today demanded the island's
ethnic Tamil insurgents end their violence and warned of
consequences if they failed to comply.
Norway, Japan, the European Union and the United
States urged Tamil Tiger guerrilla to "put an immediate and to their
ongoing campaign of violence" and demonstrate commitment to a 2002
Norway-brokered cease-fire with the government.
"Failure to demonstrate a willingness to change would not be without
serious consequences," the group said in a statement after meeting
in Brussels yesterday.
The statement comes as increased violence puts the cease-fire under
"Sri Lanka is facing a crucial choice between
increased violence and reinvigorating the peace process," the
statement said. "The Sri Lankan people want peace. A failure to
respond to this desire would be a tragic step backward."
Since Dec. 4, at east 18 government soldiers have died in attacks
blamed on the rebels.
Today, militant Tamil youths attacked a Sri Lankan police jeep with
clubs, chains and stones in the northern city of
Jaffna injuring least two policemen, according to the Defense