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Annan welcomes Sri Lanka ceasefire agreement

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed a ceasefire agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka and rebel group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Describing it as an “important step,” a UN spokesman said the Secretary-General was hopeful that this accord would soon be followed by peace negotiations leading to a political settlement of the protracted internal conflict. Mr. Annan also expressed full support for Norway’s ongoing facilitation efforts in reaching that goal.

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