Date: 14 Feb 2006
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Chief Hagrup Haukland yesterday appealed to the public to contribute towards a stable environment so that the Government-LTTE talks in Geneva be held on a firm and peaceful platform.
Haukland said unless there is a stable environment on the ground it is very hard to hold high level talks of this nature especially under tensed conditions.
The SLMM will be one of the parties taking part in the Ceasefire Agreement talks, Haukland said. "We are preparing for the meeting," he said.
Asked what the SLMM's role would be at the talks, Haukland said it will make its recommendations and share its views on the Ceasefire Agreement.
"The Mission is preparing its recommendations based on its experience in Sri Lanka," he said. Haukland said their recommendations are expected to address issues related to the Ceasefire Agreement with the consent of the two parties.
"Our participation at the talks is to share our experiences as the Ceasefire Agreement monitor in Lanka with the two main parties," he said.
The talks will focus on implementing the Ceasefire Agreement with a realistic approach from both the parties, Haukland said.
Asked if the SLMM had identified any specific areas in terms of the Ceasefire Agreement which they think would be vital in implementing the ceasefire in its full force, Haukland said: "If there were such areas the two parties can discuss them at the talks and it is up to the parties to decide on these matters or to amend the existing Ceasefire Agreement."