Norwegian ambassador meets civil leaders in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Friday, 22 August 2003, 11:51 GMT]
Norwegian ambassador in Colombo Mr Hans Brattskar paid his first official visit to Jaffna district Friday and held discussions with the Government Agent, members of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) and representatives of non-governmental organizations in the peninsula, district secretariat sources said.

Mr. Brattskar arrived in Palaly military air base by special aircraft accompanied by his first secretary Mr.Thomas Strangeland Friday morning. The military officials received him and thereafter he proceeded to Jaffna district secretariat where he held a one to one discussion with Mr.S.Pathmanathan, Government Agent. No government officials and media persons were allowed to participate in the discussion, district secretariat sources said.

Later Mr. Brattskar addressed Jaffna journalists about his visit held at the district secretariat premises, sources said.

"This is my first visit to Jaffna district after assuming office as the envoy of my country. I have seen the devastation of the war on my way to Jaffna town from Palaly," said Mr. Brattskar.

"The aim of my Jaffna visit is to see the situation in Jaffna district and to make necessary preliminary arrangements for the proposed visit of NORAD Director to Jaffna next month," said Mr. Brattskar.

"The Government of Norway will not contribute in anyway in the consultation now being held by the LTTE leaders with their constitutional experts at Paris on the interim administrative structure proposals submitted by the Government of Sri Lanka. However our special peace envoy Mr. Erik Solheim will participate at the end of the consultation to provide necessary technical advice to the LTTE leadership. The advice provided by Mr. Erik Solheim would certainly help to take forward the peace process," said Norwegian ambassador Mr. Hans Brattskar, sources said.

The Government of Norway is contributing to the development of Sri Lanka for more than twenty-five years and it will continue its contribution, said Mr. Brattskar.

All parties concerned are determined to continue the present peace process but it is not an easy task to achieve peace. We cannot expect peace very soon, replied Mr. Brattskar in reply to a question at the press briefing, sources said.

Thereafter Mr. Brattskar held discussions with the members of the SLMM in Jaffna at the SLMM office which is located along Temple Road.

Later he met the representatives of the Jaffna District NGOs Consortium. The discussion continued for about an hour. Consortium President Mr.V.Thiayagarajah, Secretary Ms. Ponmalar Rajeswaran and several others participated. Media persons were not allowed to cover the discussion with NGOs representatives, sources said.

 

Latest 15 Reports
15.03.19 21:02   Photo
TNA hierarchy backs controversial Sinhala extremist project at Jaffna entrance
14.03.19 22:36  
STF commandos torture Tamil man in Batticaloa, victim held incommunicado
13.03.19 14:11   Photo
Tamil parties failing to single-mindedly demand genocide justice, more dangerous than ITAK
12.03.19 17:28   Photo
Colombo schemes Sinhala Buddhicisation of 40 more locations in Mullaiththeevu
11.03.19 17:33   Photo
118 Muslim families demand occupying SL Navy to release their lands in Mannaar
10.03.19 18:34   Photo
Colombo sabotaging mass grave investigations and Tamils learning lessons on ‘hybrid’ paradigm
09.03.19 17:11   Photo
Manipulations at work to nullify NPC-evolved identity to Eezham Tamils food court
08.03.19 20:24  
Occupying Colombo set to grab 227 acres of private lands in Vali North in Jaffna
07.03.19 21:10   Photo
Intelligence establishments poised to escalate religious fundamentalism in Mannaar
06.03.19 17:29   Photo
Sinhala ‘emperor’ monk wants Muslims expelled from Arisi-malai in Trincomalee
05.03.19 19:42   Photo
Tamils mark Shivaratri at base of hill seized by SL Archaeology Department in Trincomalee
04.03.19 14:18  
Ranil's ‘development’ of North-East is divide-and-rule imposed on Tamils
03.03.19 18:05   Photo
Protest continues beyond two years at Keappaa-pulavu in Mullaith-theevu
02.03.19 11:09   Photo
Desecration of Sivalingam by SL Archaeology Department sparks tension in Trincomalee
01.03.19 21:52  
Colombo wants to mark ancient villages in East as ‘Sinhala Buddhist’ villages
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=9698