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Hailing progress in Sri Lanka peace talks, Annan voices hope for lasting settlement

Hailing progress achieved in talks aimed at settling the conflict in Sri Lanka, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced hope that the country's peace process would be completed through future negotiations.

Sri Lanka: Annan 'encouraged' by successful end to latest round of peace talks

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today said he is "very encouraged" by the successful conclusion of the second round of peace talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Sri Lanka: UN agency appeals for $10 million to help refugees return home

The United Nations refugee agency today appealed for $10 million to help hundreds of thousands of displaced people in Sri Lanka to return to their homes after two decades of bloody civil war ended earlier this year.

Annan welcomes start of direct talks between Tamil rebels and Sri Lankan Government

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has welcomed the direct talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which opened today in Thailand.

Sri Lanka: UN agency encouraged by rebel group's release of 85 child recruits

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today hailed the release over the past few weeks of 85 child recruits by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

UN's top refugee official hails Sri Lanka's plan to start peace talks with rebels

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today hailed the Sri Lankan Government's decision to begin direct peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Sri Lanka rebels pledge not to recruit child soldiers, UNICEF reports

A rebel group in Sri Lanka has assured the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) that it will not recruit anyone under the age of 18 years into their armed forces, the UN agency said today.

UN food agency urges aid to ‘forgotten victims’ of strife in Sri Lanka

As Sri Lanka enters a critical juncture of its peace process aimed at ending 18 years of internal strife, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today urged international support to alleviate the plight of some 77,000 hungry people in the country.

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.