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Tamilnation > Struggle for Tamil Eelam > Conflict Resolution - Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka > Norwegian Peace Initiative > After 2005 Presidential Elections > Lanka peace: Norway for ‘close talks’ with India
Sri Lanka Peace Process:
Norway to Consolidate India's Support
Before Facilitating Next Round of Talks
[Indian Express, December 08, 2005 ]
Hours after Sri Lanka’s new President overturned an earlier statement and asked Norway to resume its role as facilitator of peace talks between the government and Tamil rebels, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg arrived in New Delhi to consolidate India’s support before facilitating the initiation of the next round of talks. Stoltenberg met PM Manmohan Singh on Thursday and will hold another meeting on Friday as well.
Speaking to reporters this morning, Stoltenberg, whose visit is
ostensibly to discuss energy, free trade and bilateral relations, said, ‘‘My
visit gives me the opportunity to have direct dialogue with the Indian
leadership on the Sri Lankan peace process. It is important that we agree on all
matters before we proceed, and more important for India and Norway to continue
their close dialogue as far as the peace process is concerned.’’