NE Resettlement, Relief Oslo talk focus- Peiris
[TamilNet, Thursday, 14 November 2002, 19:39 GMT]
The Sri Lankan government Thursday announced that it would submit a white
paper regarding the issues that are to be taken up for discussion which is
scheduled to be held on November 25 at Oslo, Norway. "Priority will be
given to resettlement of displaced and relief to the people in the war torn
northeast province in the island at the Oslo aid talks," said Minister
G.L.Peiris at the weekly cabinet briefing held Thursday.
Professor Peiris said that the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and LTTE
political advisor Mr.Anton Balasingham would also hold talks at Oslo
regarding the progress of the peace process.
Minister Peiris further said that the government of Australia has consented
to give development aid to Sri Lanka and it has already allocated nine
million dollars for launching several projects. Those funds will be spent
under a special regulation so as to expedite development projects already
"The three committees appointed during the second session of first round of
peace talks held at Thailand between the delegations of the Government and
the LTTE are in progress. The Committee of Defense has met twice in
Omanthai and Muhamalai in the north," said Minister Peiris.
Professor Peiris added that the government has not left the opposition out
of the peace process. The government has a responsibility to inform all
political parties of all decisions taken during the peace negotiations.