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Canada urges SL to resume talks with LTTE

Canada has urged Sri Lanka to uphold human rights and work towards a political solution to the ethnic conflict that has claimed thousands of lives.

world Updated: Jul 01, 2007 11:38 IST
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Hindustantimes

Canada has urged Sri Lanka to uphold human rights and work towards a political solution to the ethnic conflict that has claimed thousands of lives.

Sri Lanka's battered peace process should start soon, and Colombo and the Tamil Tigers should resume talking again to end renewed bloodshed, MP Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, told Sri Lanka's Minister of Export Development and International Trade Professor Gamini Lakshman Peiris when they met to discuss the present situation in Sri Lanka.

Speaking on behalf of Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter MacKay, Obhrai raised Canada's concern with the ongoing violence and the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka, especially the recent attacks on humanitarian aid workers.

He also reaffirmed Canada's commitment and willingness to support Sri Lanka in achieving a peaceful, political solution to its ethnic conflict.

Minister Peiris welcomed Canada's continued support for the peace process and expressed his government's desire to resume peace talks.

"We urge the Sri Lankan government to accommodate UN human rights observers to conduct international human rights monitoring. This would provide greater legitimacy to the government of Sri Lanka and would demonstrate its commitment to addressing allegations of human rights abuses."

"While we welcome the work of the Commission of Inquiry and the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons, we have serious concerns about recent reports that witness protection measures are inadequate and we call on the Sri Lankan government to ensure that allegations of human rights violations are investigated by the Commission in an independent and objective manner," Obhrai added.