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

Norway grants support to the Peace Secretariat for Muslims

[b]Norway grants support to the Peace Secretariat for Muslims[/b]

[b]Colombo, 27 September, ([/b]The Norwegian government which grant unspecified amount to the Peace Secretariat run by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, has now granted 23,9 million Rupees in support to The Peace Secretariat for Muslims (PSM).

According to the press release of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Colombo, “The PSM will facilitate dialogue and build consensus among Muslim political parties and interest groups, in order to develop a co-ordinated position for Muslims as input to the implementation of the cease-fire agreement and in future peace negotiations.”

The press release pointed out “The Peace Secretariat for Muslims will also function as a resource centre, and aims to undertake research and develop frameworks for peace building and constitutional questions as well as contribute to capacity building among Muslim representatives in connection to the peace process.”

“We consider the PSM a positive and constructive initiative for creating a common Muslim platform for promoting Muslim interests in the ongoing peace process in Sri Lanka and we are happy to support it’s important work”, says ambassador Hans Brattskar.”

In the meantime The Muslim Peace Secretariat was formed on 15 December 2004, based on a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem and NUA Leader Minister Ferial Ashraff. The Muslim Peace Secretariat aims to evolve a common position of the Muslims on the peace process.

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