Norway set to launch a new bid to save Sri Lanka peace process

Norway will this week launch yet another bid to save Sri Lanka’s tottering peace process amid fears for the Oslo-brokered ceasefire that went into effect in 2002 after three decades of ethnic bloodshed. Norway will this week launch yet another bid to save Sri Lanka’s tottering peace process amid fears for the Oslo-brokered ceasefire that went into effect in 2002 after three decades of ethnic bloodshed. Peace broker Norway is sending its foreign minister Jan Petersen and two other top peace envoys to Sri Lanka on Wednesday for a fresh attempt to bridge the gulf between Colombo and Tamil Tiger rebels, diplomats said last week.

The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is also dispatching its London-based chief peace negotiator, Anton Balasingham, to join discussions with Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran and Petersen on Thursday.

“Those who are involved in the process are somewhat exasperated,” a diplomatic source said Sunday. “This is not to say that either the Norwegians or the others supporting the process are ready to give up.”

Norway’s unease was underscored in its latest statement, issued Thursday, which said the purpose of Petersen’s visit was to “hear from the parties ho