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State Secretary discussed Sri Lanka peace process in Brussels

State Secretary Vidar Helgesen of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was in Brussels 25 January taking part in a meeting with representatives of the EU, the US and Japan on how best to support the peace process in Sri Lanka after the tsunami disaster.

03/02/2005 :: The EU, the US, Japan and Norway constitute an informal political forum for co-ordinating development assistance to help strengthen the peace process between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). State Secretary Helgesen came directly from Sri Lanka, where he accompanied Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Petersen in meetings with both parties of the conflict.

The participants at the meeting in Brussels expressed their support to Sri Lanka and welcomed the efforts of the government and LTTE to strengthen their co-operation on assistance for relief, reconstruction and development in the tsunami affected areas in the North and East. In the midst of this disaster, renewed opportunities exist to build confidence between the parties and strengthen the peace process.

All donors should ensure that their assistance is sensitive to this process, and is based on principles of equity, transparency and accountability. Participation of local and international civil society and all political parties is encouraged.

A Press Statement from from the European Commission regarding the meeting can be found here

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