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Sri Lanka Blasts Nordic Countries over the CFA comments

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Colombo - Sri Lanka Blasted the Nordic countries for their regrets on the withdrawal of the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) and their comments on the CFA, 10 000 lives may have been spared due to the CFA.


Sri Lanka said the Nordic countries' statement and comments of Nordic foreign ministers are unhelpful.


"The continuing good faith of the government of Sri Lanka received no plaudits from Scandinavia," the Sri Lankan government's Peace Secretariat said in a statement.


"Continuing acts of terror by the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) received no criticism."


"Nordic worries about possible increases in violence and human suffering could well have been expressed earlier, and it is sad that they emerge only in the context of criticism of the government," the statement said.


The foreign ministers of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland said in a joint statement on last Friday said that they were "deeply concerned about the worsening situation in Sri Lanka." They expressed concerned on the unilateral withdrawal of the CFA by the Sri Lankan government and voiced serious concerns on the plights of the civilians in the country.


Nordic countries had the difficult task of mediating and monitoring the peace in Sri Lanka for last six years between the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission (SLMM) also forced abandon their peace monitoring mission in Sri Lanka as CFA was unilaterally abrogated by the Sri Lankan government effective January 16 2008.


"The Ceasefire Agreement had a number of positive consequences. During the first three years, conflict-related casualties dropped to almost zero, which means that as many as 10 000 lives may have been spared. The agreement allowed for greater freedom of movement for all people in Sri Lanka, and opened for economic development. It also improved the human rights situation and the protection of civilians. However, violations of the Agreement have been particularly numerous and increasingly serious during the past two years," last Friday statement said.


"The Nordic countries are worried that the violence and human suffering will now further escalate. The withdrawal of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission will mean the end of an important mechanism that protected civilians and gave a voice to the victims and their families," statement added.


Sri Lanka’s current militaristic government were criticized heavily by many nations and all expressed regrets over the Colombo’s decision of ending truce unilaterally and expressed deep concerns for the safety of civilians in the country as Sri Lankan government firmly believe the rebels are weakened now and they can be defeated in their mini De Facto state.


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