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Summary: Sri Lanka: Declaration by EU Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner on latest developments (3 August 2006: Brussels)
Declaration by EU Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner on latest developments in Sri Lanka
Commenting on the following the blockage of the waterway in the Trincomalee district by the LTTE, Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner said “I am deeply concerned at the blockage of water supplies to thousands of families and farms. There can be no justification for actions such as this which affect the livelihoods of innocent civilians. I condemn also the recent mine attack which has killed at least 18 Sri Lankan army soldiers as well as the upsurge in fighting in the North and East which is causing new casualties also among the civilians.” The Commissioner called on both parties to exercise restraint. “I do not think that military force is the best way of resolving problems such as this. Those responsible for blocking the water supply should reopen supplies immediately. I urge both parties to return to the negotiating table and seek a peaceful solution to their problems.” The Commissioner concluded, “I continue to be concerned by the situation in Sri Lanka. The solution to the current situation lies in the hands of the parties. I reiterate once more my call to them to put an end to violence and to return to the negotiation table so as to relieve the Sri Lankan people from the ordeal of twenty years of persistent conflict. That is the only way to ensure a lasting solution acceptable to all”. The Commissioner recalled her personal commitment to play our part to re-establish peace and to support the work of the Norwegian peace facilitators. The EU remains fully committed to support the peace process in Sri Lanka.