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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Erik Solheim new minister of development cooperation

[b]Erik Solheim new minister of development cooperation[/b]

From our Oslo correspondent

Oslo, 15 October, ( Informed source tip that Erik Solheim, a controversial go-between in the Sri Lankan peace process, is to be the next minister of development cooperation. This former leader of Left Socialists has missed out on the key post of Foreign Minister.

Leading political parties and media in Sri Lanka and India targeted Solheim as being too pro-LTTE. Solheim was not an experienced diplomat. He was plucked from politics and catapulted into the sensitive role of a "facilitator" in the Sri Lankan peace process. Most political observers saw him not as the solution but the problem that led the collapse of the peace talks.

The full details of the new Norwegian Cabinet will be known on Monday. Political observers predict that the new government will swing more the left. Yesterday the three Norwegian leaders presented their political platform, a document of 70 pages, after almost 3 weeks of negotiations.

It indicated that Norway is set to change directions from right to left, rejecting privatization of public services, strengthening environmental policies to a remarkable degree and changing foreign policy on very important North South issues like from the World Bank to UN, changing Norwegian positions in the present WTO negotiations, more emphasis on Africa and civil society etc.

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