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Monday, 16 June 2008

Norway to continue promoting peace in Sri Lanka

The Norwegian government said on Sunday that its policy towards Sri Lanka remains unchanged and it will continue promoting the peace in Sri Lanka, according to reports reaching here from Oslo.

"The policies guiding our engagement with Sri Lanka remain firm and will not change," Deputy Foreign Minister of Norway Raymond Johansen said in a statement.

Norway is committed to assisting Sri Lanka in finding a solution to the ethnic conflict while respecting the country's territorial integrity, he stressed.

Norway will support a negotiated solution that addresses the legitimate grievances of the Tamil speaking communities and is acceptable to all communities, the official added.

The Norwegians facilitated six rounds of direct talks between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) between September 2002 and March 2003. But its facilitation role in Sri Lanka had reached a dead end following the government decision in the beginning of this year to formally withdraw from the six-year-old ceasefire brokered by the Norwegians.

Source: xinhua