Norway envoy sets stage for truce talks with Tigers

Norway’s ambassador to Sri Lanka met with Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday ahead of a review of Oslo’s peace initiative and talks next week on salvaging a shaky truce, diplomats said. Norway’s ambassador to Sri Lanka met with Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday ahead of a review of Oslo’s peace initiative and talks next week on salvaging a shaky truce, diplomats said. Ambassador Hans Brattskar travelled to the rebel-held town of Kilinochchi for talks with Tamil Tiger political wing chief S. P. Thamilselvan, Norwegian embassy spokeswoman Kjersti Tromsdal said.

“The ambassador wanted to touch base with the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) before he goes to Oslo next week for a review of the peace process by the new (Norwegian government) team involved in Sri Lanka,” Tromsdal said.

Top peace broker Erik Solheim told AFP last month after he was elected as part of Oslo’s new government that he would remain engaged in Sri Lanka.

“After the new government is formed … it will formally contact the (Colombo) government and the Tamil Tigers offering to continue its services in whatever manner the parties want,” Solheim said after his election.

Last month, Oslo’s outgoing