Britain urges Govt, LTTE to resume talks

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Colombo, Sep 29 (UNI) British High Commissioner Dominick Chilcott urged both the Lankan Government and the LTTE to resume talks towards finding a lasting political solution to end the ethnic conflict.

He pledged outright United Kingdom's support for peace process in the troubled peninsula and urged two parties to work towards early cessation of hostilities and a renewed commitment to the Ceasefire Agreement.

''We want to see an early cessation of hostilities, a renewed and sincere commitment by both sides to honour the spirit and letter of the Cease Fire Agreement(CFA) and resumption of talks on an overall settlement,'' Mr Chilcott said addressing a ceremony in Colombo to launch the Landmine Monitor Report 2006.

He ruled out military solution to the dreaded ethnic conflict in the island saying that the Northern Ireland conflict proved the fallacity of the military approach.

The High Commissioner lauded the efforts of Lankan Government which has roped in All Party Representative Committee (APRC) to formulate a constitutional framework capable of addressing the national problem.

Appreciating the role of the Army in de-mining activities he urged the Government to become a signatory to the Ottawa Treaty of 1997 which requires State parties to give up the use of land mines.

Doing this now, at a time when tensions are high and when fighting has intensified, would send a particularly strong signal to people in the North and East, he was quoted as saying to Daily News.

Such a step would boost the confidence of the local people living in those areas in the government, he added.

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