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

Norwegian brokers brief Delhi of their latest tryst with Lan

[b]Norwegian brokers brief Delhi of their latest tryst with Lanka peace[/b]

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 08April ([/b] The two Norwegian peace brokers –one outgoing and the other incoming - today briefed the Indian government about the late situation report. It was in a manner of speaking the current status of the peace process since both Erik Solheim and his successor Ambassador Jon Hanssen Bauer have just returned from Sri Lanka after talks with the Rajapakse government in Colombo and with the LTTE in Kilinochchi.

The briefing to the Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran at the South Block covered their perception of the prospectus that awaits the next round of talks in Geneva between the Government and the Tigers.

Both sides endorsed the need for maintenance of the ceasefire and for a complete cessation of violence so that the climate for dialogue is further strengthened, Foreign Office spokesman Navtej Sarana said later. He did not elaborate but said Foreign Secretary reiterated India’s stand that a politically negotiated and peaceful settlement should be found for the ethnic problem, in a manner acceptable to all sections of Sri Lanka and that any solution should safeguard the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the island nation. Put differently, it means India doesn’t favour the Tigers line of ‘Eelam’ but favours a better socio-economic and political deal for the Tamils.

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