Press Releases

         7 December 2005


    Secretary-General Condemns Sri Lanka Violence, Appeals to All to Uphold 2003 Ceasefire

    NEW YORK, 6 December (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General strongly condemns the recent violence in Jaffna and the north-east of Sri Lanka, in which more than 20 soldiers and civilians have reportedly been killed over the last three days.  The Secretary-General is very concerned about the increasing tensions in the country and appeals to all parties to uphold the 2003 ceasefire agreement.  He hopes that the violence will not undermine the commitment of the new Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to the peace process.

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