The United States yesterday, referring to the latest round of LTTE attacks, said the ongoing violence was unfortunate. It urged both, the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), to find a political solution to the conflict, agency reports said.
An agency news report filed from Washington DC said: `Tom Casey, Deputy Spokesman for the State Department in his daily press briefing said that the US will continue to work with the Sri Lankan government and donor co-chairs to encourage the parties to achieve a peaceful solution.
`We`re going to keep working with Sri Lanka Government officials as well as the Norwegians and the other co-chair partners to be able to encourage a peaceful resolution to this conflict. And I know we`ll be conveying messages to them again on this subject, but it is a situation that is a difficult one,` he said.
The Spokesman said in an effort to foster the dialogue, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Richard Boucher visited Sri Lanka recently and held talks with government officials and a wide variety of civil society representatives and urged them to develop the kinds of power-sharing proposals that would allow them to move the peace process forward.
Responding to a question whether the Sri Lankan government has asked for any kind of intervention Casey said that he is not aware of any such requests. `I`m certainly not aware of any request for military intervention or the creation of some kind of peacekeeping force,` he said.
Casey said both warring parties have an obligation to the Sri Lankan people to be able to come together, develop a power-sharing arrangement that can gain the support of the majority of the population and be able to put this issue to rest.
`Certainly, we think that the Sri Lankan people deserve an opportunity to live in a peaceful, democratic country is not subject to the kinds of activities that we`ve seen,` he said.