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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2909

Erik Solheim to try his hand on peace

[b]Erik Solheim to try his hand on peace [/b]

[b]Colombo, 30 December, ( [/b]Government of Norway in a bid to salvage the fragile peace process has announced that its Minster of International Development will be visiting Sri Lanka from 23 to 26 January 2006, to explore the peace process to move it forward.

A statement from Oslo on Thursday by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Erik Solheim, Norway’s Minster of International Development will travel to Sri Lanka to explore the possibilities of putting in place the peace process again intact, with the view to move forward and bring the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Government of Sri Lanka to the negotiation table and to end the ongoing bloodied conflict.

According to the statement released by the Government of Norway, "Norway has been asked by the government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tigers to continue its role as facilitator in the peace process in Sri Lanka."

Norway in its statement dispelled looming doubts that Erik Solheim, Minister of International Development is very much in charge of Norway’s facilitation efforts and will travel to Sri Lanka to explore how the process can be moved forward. During his visit he will have talks with both parties.

Meanwhile Erik Solheim said, "I am deeply concerned about the recent increase in violence in Sri Lanka."

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