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'SL peace more difficult with CFA scrapping'

Blake said an effective military strategy would only work if it is combined with a "well-articulated political strategy to address the grievances that give rise to terrorism.

world Updated: Jan 12, 2008 16:06 IST
TV Sriram

The US has cautioned that Sri Lanka's scrapping of the ceasefire agreement could make it "more difficult" to achieve a negotiated settlement to the Tamil ethnic conflict even as it pledged to stop the flow of arms and money to the LTTE.

"The termination of the agreement will make it more difficult to achieve that negotiated settlement that can produce a lasting, peaceful solution to Sri Lanka's conflict," US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Robert Blake told a seminar here.

The ceasefire agreement, although often violated, provided a framework for negotiation and committed the parties to seeking a negotiated settlement, he told the international seminar on 'Human Rights in Conflict Situations' on Friday.

"This is why the United States was troubled by the Sri Lankan Government's decision to terminate the 2002 ceasefire agreement," he said.

Blake said an effective military strategy would only work if it is combined with a "well-articulated political strategy to address the grievances that give rise to terrorism.

"The United States has been a steadfast supporter of Sri Lanka's efforts to stop the flow of arms and financing to the LTTE, by providing law enforcement assistance, and by providing training and equipment to help the Sri Lankan military defend itself against the terrorist actions of the LTTE," he said.