Norway in post-tsunami bid to salvage Sri Lanka peace process

Norway will next week launch its first post-tsunami attempt to salvage Sri Lanka’s faltering peace process, diplomatic sources here said. Norway will next week launch its first post-tsunami attempt to salvage Sri Lanka’s faltering peace process, diplomatic sources here said. Top peace envoy Erik Solheim is due here for talks with Sri Lankan leaders as well as Tamil Tiger guerrillas to try to end a 21-month impasse in the negotiations, diplomats involved in the process said.

They said Norway’s Foreign Minister Jan Petersen and his deputy Vidar Helgesen were also expected to make separate visits next week to try to bring the parties back to the table.

Three days before the tsunamis devastated much of the island’s coastline, the Tamil Tigers rejected Sri Lanka’s latest proposal to revive negotiations despite international pressure to save the Norwegian-backed initiative.

Diplomatic attempts to revive the peace negotiations have been stalled over disagreements on the agenda.

The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) want negotiations on their October 2003 proposal for interim self-rule, while Colombo insi