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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 111

Norwegian Minister Solheim Told Peace in North will Emerge with Death of Terrorism Soon

Philip Fernando in UN reporting for 'Asian Tribune'

New York, 23 September, ( Norwegin Minister Erik Solheim called on the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapajsa at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New York and was told that how cunningly Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were exploiting the emerging war situation in the Wanni and that Internally Displaced persons are made use by the LTTE as human shield and were prevented from leaving Wani.

This was told to Erik Solheim, Norwegian Minister of Environment and International Development

Erik Solheim called on the President Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday at his hotel, accompanied by Jon Hansen Bauer, Special Envoy associated with the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission on the sidelines of the 63rd UN General Assembly sessions in New York.

President Rajapaksa said the Government was now addressing humanitarian issues in the North, and that the LTTE was trying to use civilians as human shields in the areas where it was faced with the advancing Sri Lankan troops, which efforts by the terrorists had to be prevented.

He has pointed out that humanitarian assistance was being extended to the people in the North, with decisions taken at the highest levels of government, to ensure the safety of civilians and adequate provisions for them.

President has requested Norway to assist in the government’s continuing humanitarian efforts to bring relief, especially to the people of the North, providing such assistance directly through the government rather than through other organizations.

In the beginning Sri Lanka President met the Norwegian delegation and later the delegation was sent out and President met Erik Solheim alone and continued with the discussion, in the company of Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister of Healthcare and Nutrition Nimal Siripala de Silva, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Palitha Kohona.

President Rajapakse categorically told Erik Solheim that to bring about peace in the country terrorism has to be ended. He has told, it is learnt that, "LTTE will be wiped out soon and this would pave the way for the sustainable peace".

When Asian Tribune asked for the response from the Norwegian side, a member of the Sri Lankan delegation who participated in the talks said, Erik Solheim was simply seated and patiently listening to the summary of activities detailed by Sri Lanka President. He said that response from Norway is awaited shortly.

- Asian Tribune -

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