Norwegian peace envoy arrives in Colombo

[TamilNet, Monday, 13 December 2004, 14:31 GMT]
Mr.Erik Solheim, special envoy to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, arrived in Colombo Monday evening. Mr. Solheim will have meetings with President Chandrika Kumarathunghe, the opposition leader Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe, representatives of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), according to the Norwegian Embassy sources in Colombo. Mr. Solheim is scheduled to meet with the LTTE Political Head, Mr. S. P. Thamilchelvan, on Wednesday.

The Norwegian peace envoy would also meet with some local political leaders including the Mayor of Negombo.

Mr. Solheim is also expected to tour Norwegian establishments in the Gampaha District.

A. J. Fishing and Viksund Asia are two Norwegian establishments that employ more than 200 people in the area, sources said.

Norwegian embassy sources described Solheim's tour to Sri Lanka as a routine visit.

 

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