Norway's Foreign Minister Jan Petersen has called for an extraordinary meeting of Sri Lanka's Co- Chairs in the peace process in New York on Sept. 19, the Daily News reported Thursday.
The purpose of the meeting of Co-Chairs by US, Japan, EU and Norway is to address the increasingly difficult security situation in Sri Lanka and the need to strengthen respect for the Cease-fire Agreement (CFA), according to the statement issued by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.
Norway also has suggested that the only feasible venue for meetings between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for discussions on the CFA is the Colombo International Airport.
The Sri Lankan government said Wednesday that it agreed with Norway's proposal to hold talks with the Tamil Tigers at an agreed venue in Colombo to review the Norwegian backed cease-fire.
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has called for talks in the immediate aftermath of the Aug. 12 assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, the killing the government blames on the rebels.
The Tigers denied the accusation and agreed to hold talks with the government, but said it wanted the meeting to be held in Kilinochchi or a venue outside Sri Lanka.
The LTTE was not immediately available for comment on the proposed venue.