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Erik Solheim stepping aside (partly) brings no hope for peac

[b]Erik Solheim stepping aside (partly) brings no hope for peace in Sri Lanka [/b]

[b]Colombo, 17 March, (Asiantribune.com):[/b] Norway's International Development Minister Erik Solheim said on Thursday that he will stand aside as a special peace envoy in Sri Lanka's civil war, according to Reuters. But he is expected to keep "overall responsibility for Oslo's mediation effort".

He said: "I will continue to be involved as it will take some time for the new person to know the politics and the people," he said. He did not name a successor but said the appointment would take place shortly.

"It's always good to bring in some fresh blood and it may help the cause too," he said. But no successor has been named so far.

Solheim is still due to mediate at the next round of talks in Geneva.

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