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Brussels, 20 January 2010

Statement by High Representative / Vice President Catherine Ashton on Sri Lanka's pre-election situation

Statement made by Catherine Ashton on Sri Lanka's, where pre-election violence is increasing.

"The High Representative of the European Union is deeply concerned by mounting pre-electoral violence in Sri Lanka, which has already caused deaths and numerous injured. She recalls the EU's firm conviction that a peaceful environment is an essential prerequisite to free and fair elections. The High Representative calls on all Parties in Sri Lanka to actively contribute to a climate of serenity in which the people of Sri Lanka can choose their political leadership in free, fair and unbiased elections" .

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