Norwegian delegation "cautiously optimistic"

[TamilNet, Friday, 11 January 2002, 19:32 GMT]
The Norwegian peace delegation Friday expressed cautious optimism over finding a peaceful solution to the ethnic conflict in the island. The delegation leader Mr.Vidar Helgeson, Norway's Deputy Foreign Minister, said there was increased level of confidence between the parties concerned.

The Norwegian delegation left Colombo Friday night after two days' talks with President Chandrika Kumaratunge, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and leaders of several Tamil and Muslim political parties.

vidar_helgesen.gifThe Norwegian delegation in its talks with the government leaders discussed in detail the outcome of the talks it held earlier with Dr.Anton Balasingham, political advisor of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in London.

Helgeson further said that the proposed peace process would be challenging, and both parties would face difficulties.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), a major constituent of the United National Front Government Friday said that it would extend its wholehearted support to the Norwegian initiative in finding a permanent political solution to the ethnic problem. The SLMC said this in a statement released Friday after its leader Minister Mr.Rauff Hakeem met the Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister.

In the meantime, media spokesman for the Presidential Secretariat, Harim Peiris, said that President Kumaratunge fully supports the peace initiative of the UNF government in finding a peace solution for the ethnic problem.


Latest 15 Reports
17.07.18 21:29   Photo
Colombo steps up shadow war against NPC Chief Minister Wigneswaran
16.07.18 22:48   Photo
SL Forest Department seizes agricultural lands of Eezham Tamils in Paduvaan-karai
15.07.18 19:14   Photo
Families of enforced disappeared vehemently oppose OMP sittings in North
14.07.18 19:35  
SL High Court in Vavuniyaa tricked again into postponing hearings on TPP case
13.07.18 23:20   Photo
NPC CM declines participation in Colombo's unilateral task force for so-called Development
12.07.18 12:22   Photo
Genocidal Sri Lanka seizes ancient coastal hamlet of Tamil-speaking aborigines in Trincomalee
11.07.18 18:20  
Collaborationist sections of TNA lose significance, Wigneswaran holds key to unified Tamil polity
10.07.18 21:53  
SL Military Intelligence recommences recruitment of notorious ex-paramilitary operatives
09.07.18 22:30   Photo
Antiquities Ordinance used to justify Sinhalicisation of 48 locations in Mullaiththeevu
08.07.18 19:06   Photo
TNPF protests against Colombo's move to militarise Jaffna Fort
07.07.18 19:56   Photo
SL Police in Champoor blocks remembrance of Tamils massacred by SL military
06.07.18 23:17  
Jaffna University silent to Colombo's pressure, motives behind Fort excavation questioned
05.07.18 23:49  
Tamils need native movements to confront Colombo-centric environmental exploitations
04.07.18 20:29  
Geneva-based human rights regime is big disappointment: Tamil political prisoners
03.07.18 23:39   Photo
Source files from one of digital cameras witnessing 2009 genocide released to public domain
Find this article at: