Erik Solheim arrives in Kilinochchi
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 25 January 2006, 06:35 GMT]
The meeting between the Norwegian Minister of International Development Mr. Erik Solheim and the Leader of the Liberation Tigers, Mr. V. Pirapaharan, began at 11:25 a.m. in Kilnochchi, LTTE officials said. The Norwegian Minister, upon his arrival at 10:35 a.m., had a meeting with the officials of NorthEast Secretariat on Human Rights (NESOHR) and a group of parish priests from Jaffna and Mullaithivu districts, NESOHR sources said.
Norwegian Minister was briefed on the detoriating humanitarian situation in prevailing in the NorthEast by the NESOHR delegation, according to Dr. Malathy, the Secretary of the Humanitarian Secretariat.
The NESOHR and the priests team comprised of Rev. Fr. M.X. Karunarathnam, the Director of the NESOHR, Dr. Malathy, Secretary of the NESOHR, Rev. Fr.AI Bernard, Rev. Fr.James Pathinathar, Rev. Fr.M. Ravichandran, Rev. Fr. M. Rex Sava, Rev. Fr. S Jude Amalathas, Rev. Fr. A. Jude Nixon, Rev. Fr. A.P Thiramahan, Rev. Fr. Anandakumar and Rev. Fr. Mathy Ilamparuthy.
The Norwegian delegation headed by Mr. Solheim to Kilinochchi comprises of Mr. Hans Brattskar, Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mr. Odd Naustdal Deputy Director from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Mr. Sondre Bjotvedt, an Executive Officier from the Norwegian MFA and Second Seceraty to the Norwegian Ambassador, Mr. Tom Knappskog.
Mr. Solheim was received by the Deputy Political Head of the Tigers, Mr. S. Thangan and the Director of the LTTE Peace Secretariat S. Puleedevan.
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