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Sri Lanka peace talks to kick start next year

[b]Sri Lanka peace talks to kick start next year[/b]

[b]Hong Kong 16 December, (Asiantribune.com): [/b]The talks on the strengthening of the implementation and effective monitoring of the ceasefire agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is expected to commence early next year. This was finalized at a meeting between the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and the Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre held yesterday on the sidelines of the WTO Conference in Hong Kong.

The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera met with the Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, this evening in Hong Kong. The Ministers held wide ranging discussions on bilateral relations between the two countries including matters related to the Norwegian facilitation in the Sri Lankan peace process.

According to a Government statement released by Norway, "Minister Samaraweera, reiterated the new President’s commitment to the peace process and the role of Norway as the facilitator. The Sri Lankan minister also discussed operational modalities for the resumption of talks."

The Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre welcomed the commitment demonstrated by the Sri Lankan government to move the peace process forward. Mr. Støre underlined that the new Norwegian Government is fully committed to engage as a facilitator.

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