Hakim leaves for Norway, Solheim arrives in Colombo
[TamilNet, Sunday, 25 May 2003, 17:00 GMT]
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader and a minister in the United National
Front (UNF) Government Mr.Rauff Hakim Sunday left for Norway. Meanwhile Norwegian
special envoy Mr. Erik Solheim arrived in Colombo the same day, government
Shuttle diplomacy is likely to resume in persuading the LTTE to attend the Japan aid summit next month, diplomatic sources said.
Mr. Erik Solheim is expected to meet the Prime Minister Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe Monday and will hold discussion with the senior government ministers. Thereafter Mr. Solheim is expected to visit Killinochchi to
confer with the LTTE leadership, sources said.
Before leaving to Oslo, Minister Mr.Rauff Hakim held discussions with the Prime Minister Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe and Constitutional Affairs Minister
Mr. G.L.Peiris. In Oslo Mr Hakim is expected to hold discussions with
the Norwegian Foreign Minister Mr.Jan Peterson regarding the resumption of
stalled peace talks between the government and the LTTE and the Japan aid
summit, SLMC sources said.
In the meantime a senior minister in the UNF government Mr.Milinda Morogoda
is to leave for Japan on Wednesday to assure the Japanese government that
every thing is being done to resolve the impasse following the temporary
withdrawal from the peace talks by the LTTE, government sources said.
Minister Mr.Milinda Morogoda during his stay in Tokyo is expected to hold
discussions with the Japanese foreign minister and special peace envoy
Mr.Yasushi Akashi, government sources said.