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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Jon Hanssen-Bauer, new Special Peace Envoy, appointed

[b]Jon Hanssen-Bauer, new Special Peace Envoy, appointed to work under Solheim[/b]

[b] Oslo, 18 March, ([/b] Jon Hanssen-Bauer has been appointed to act as Norway’s Special Envoy for the peace process in Sri Lanka. He will take over the day-to-day work as facilitator from Erik Solheim, International Development Minister, who will continue to oversee the main activities of the peace process.

Hanssen-Bauer will report to Erik Solheim. Norway's ambassador to Sri Lanka, Hans Brattskar, will continue to be the parties’ day-to-day point of contact in Sri Lanka. But Solheim will be the key player in the handling the overall issues of the Sri Lankan peace process. He will visit Sri Lanka regularly and be responsible for Norway’s role as facilitator of the peace process.

"I am pleased that Jon Hanssen-Bauer has accepted this assignment", said Minister Solheim.

"Mr Hanssen-Bauer's academic and practical experience, means he is highly qualified. He has engaged in peace and reconciliation work in many countries. I am convinced that he will do a good job for the parties."

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