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Clinton and Norway discuss Sri Lanka issue: Praises Norway's credibility in foreign mediation

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Washington, D.C. 08 April (Asiantribune.com): DescribingUS Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  flanked by Norway's FM Jonas Gahr Store  at a press conference in WashingtonUS Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flanked by Norway's FM Jonas Gahr Store at a press conference in Washington what’s going on in Sri Lanka as a "bloodshed", United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was full of praise for Norway as a nation that “brings to each foreign policy challenge credibility as a nation that can be an independent and productive partner” when she met the Norwegian foreign minister Jonas Gahr Stoere at the State Department April 6.

"We discussed Norway's untiring efforts to end the bloodshed in Sri Lanka," Clinton told reporters at a joint media briefing.

Clinton continued to shower praise on Norway in declaring “Few countries have contributed to the cause of global peace and resolving conflicts around the world more than Norway has."

U.S. Secretary of State addressing the media said:

"We just concluded a very productive discussion that covered a long list of issues important to both Norway and the United States, and I reiterated to the foreign minister just how much the Obama Administration values our partnership with Norway. Together, we’re looking for ways to address common challenges such as the impact of climate change and a number of regional issues, from Afghanistan to the Middle East to Sri Lanka.

"Few countries have contributed to the cause of global peace and resolving conflicts around the world more than Norway has

“We also appreciate Norway’s longstanding contributions to the Middle East peace process, including its work as co-chair of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee which coordinates international assistance to the Palestinian people. And we discussed Norway’s untiring efforts to end the bloodshed in Sri Lanka.

"Norway brings to each foreign policy challenge credibility as a nation that can be an independent and productive partner."

Asian Tribune learned from independent sources close to the State Department and who are knowledgeable of Sri Lanka issue indicated that despite officials in Sri Lanka have been critical of the Norwegian role in endeavoring to bring a settlement between the (Sri Lanka) government and the rebel Tamil Tigers accusing the Scandinavian country of its partiality toward the Tigers the highest level of the U.S. State Department relies heavily on Norwegian interpretations of the Sri Lanka situation than they accept official Sri Lankan reports.

The sources say that under the circumstance of Clinton accepting the credibility of Norway in its dealing on foreign policy issues the Government of Sri Lanka could face a difficult task in bringing the United States in line with its current interpretation of national issues especially the underlining issues that brought about the emergence of the LTTE in early eighties.

The U.S. has moved away from its earlier position that the Tamil Tigers should be part of any negotiations in adopting that representatives of all ethnic communities and political shades should collectively find a political solution to reflect the sentiments and grievances of all ethnic communities. Nevertheless the U.S. has highlighted the importance of devolving political and administrative powers to the periphery that will allow the ethnic Tamil minority be part of the nation’s governance.

Being in that premise the United States will lend a closer ear to Norway in adjusting and formulating its policy plank on Sri Lanka.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave that signal when she addressed the media briefing at the State Department highlighting Norway’s credibility as a nation in dealing with foreign policy challenges.

- Asian Tribune -

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