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UPDATED: 16:01, September 01, 2005
Sri Lanka says no adverse decision on Norway
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Sri Lankan government said Thursday that no adverse decisions had been made on the role of the Royal Norwegian government on its peace facilitation role in the island.

Nimal Siripala De Silva, the Minister of Health and the government spokesman told reporters that the Norwegians would continue its peace facilitation role between the government and the Tamil Tigers.

The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Anura Bandaranaike was quoted as saying by the Indian media last week that the role of Norway is under severe criticism in Sri Lanka and the Norwegians had allegedly misled the Europeans about the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels.

The government of Norway has been mediating in the Sri Lankan separatist armed conflict since the year 2000 and they had brokered six rounds of direct talks between the two warring parties.

Currently they are making an effort to bring the two sides together for talks to review the February 2002 ceasefire agreement.

De Silva said that the Tigers and the government were yet to agree on talks venue.

The LTTE had said that if the talks cannot be held in Kilinochchi their headquarters in north of the island, the talks must be held overseas.

The government had declined the Tiger suggestion to have talks abroad but awaiting the return of the President Chandrika Kumaratunga from China next week to make a further decision on the venue, the government spokesman said.

"We have clearly told the LTTE that we are not in agreement to have talks outside Sri Lanka," De Silva said. The government called for urgent talks following the Aug. 12 assassination of the foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.

The LTTE has denied accusations of their involvement in the murder of Kadirgamar who figured high on their hit list.

Source: Xinhua


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