Solheim meets Indian HC

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 January 2001, 18:00 GMT]
Mr. Eric Solheim, Norway's peace envoy, had discussions Wednesday afternoon with the High Commissioner for India in Colombo, Mr.Gopalakrishna Gandhi, and the Co-leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Mr.Rauf Hakeem who is a minister in the People's Alliance Cabinet. The Norwegian envoy arrived Wednesday morning in Colombo in an apparent attempt to restart the peace initiative run aground after the Sri Lankan government rejected a month long unilateral cease-fire declared last month by the Liberation Tigers as a 'goodwill' gesture.

erik_solheim-1_p.jpgMr. Solheim's two-hour long discussion with Mr. Gandhi was mainly aimed at allaying India's concerns about western third party mediation in Sri Lanka by apprising Delhi of the current stage of the peace initiative, diplomatic sources said.

Norway has sought to address India's apprehensions about the manner of resolving the conflict in Sri Lanka by regularly briefing Delhi about most of the developments related to the conflict resolution process mediated by it in Sri Lanka.

When contacted about Wednesday's meeting, Indian High Commission sources said that they would be sending a detailed report to Delhi about the talks Mr.Gandhi had with the Norway's special envoy.

Mr.Eric Solheim is expected to stay in Sri Lanka for about four days. He is accompanied by two Norwegian Foreign ministry officials. Mr. Solheim will have discussions with the President, Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and the Foreign Minister tomorrow.


Latest 15 Reports
29.06.20 23:29   Photo
Moragoda advising Gotabaya prompts Sinhala parties to scrap Provincial Councils
28.06.20 22:06  
India privileging BRIC/RIC over Quad ‘discordant’, says former US top diplomat
27.06.20 22:11  
Indo-Pacific expert wants US to seek opportunities in ‘Sri Lanka’
26.06.20 21:24  
Russia steps up influence on New Delhi to uphold “multilateralism” against US “rules-based order”
25.06.20 23:53  
Pompeo talks about US reposturing troops, mentions India, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia
24.06.20 23:36   Photo
Devananda circumvents court order, manipulates Jaffna fishers to allow poachers from South
23.06.20 22:03  
Sinhala encroachment of pastureland continues unabated in Batticaloa
22.06.20 18:17  
SLMC Chairman: Time for joint Tamil-Muslim efforts
21.06.20 23:11   Photo
Ex-councillor: Poverty-stricken Tamils at receiving end of SL military brutality in North
20.06.20 23:53   Photo
Tamil man killed, Sinhala Army opens fire at motorbike rider at Mukamaalai in North
19.06.20 23:30  
Dr Amir Ali: SL Archaeology aims to obliterate Tamil traces, shrink territory of Muslims in East
18.06.20 21:02  
Colombo steps up surveillance harassment on organisations operating in East
17.06.20 22:12  
SL military cordons off Jaffna islet with war-time like harassment, families fear reprisals
16.06.20 11:58  
Former NPC Councillor urges mobilisation to protect contiguity of Tamil homeland
15.06.20 16:41   Photo
Dairy farmers feel harassed after exposing Sinhala encroachment in Batticaloa
Find this article at: