Oslo team briefs India on progress in peace moves

Norway's peace facilitation team on Friday briefed India on the status of efforts to broker peace in Sri Lanka, as the delegation spent another day discussing modalities for a proposed structured truce between the government and the LTTE.

Norway's peace facilitation team on Friday briefed India on the status of efforts to broker peace in Sri Lanka, as the delegation spent another day discussing modalities for a proposed structured truce between the
government and the LTTE.

The team, led by Norwegian deputy foreign minister Vidar Helgesen, met Indian deputy high commissioner Mohan Kumar in Colombo.

Kumar said later that the meeting was in accordance with the practice of keeping India briefed on developments in the peace process. He said the Norwegians believed that there was a willingness on the part of both sides to work towards a ceasefire agreement.

Helgesen and peace envoy Erik Solheim, along with Colombo-based ambassador Jon Westborg, met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, President Chandrika Kumaratunga and other Sri Lankan leaders over the last two days.

Bureau Report

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