Norway’s new government offers to maintain Sri Lanka peace bid

Norway’s government-elect will offer to continue peace mediation efforts in Sri Lanka “in whatever manner the parties want,” top peace envoy Erik Solheim told AFP. Norway’s government-elect will offer to continue peace mediation efforts in Sri Lanka “in whatever manner the parties want,” top peace envoy Erik Solheim told AFP. “After the new government is formed by mid-October, it will formally contact the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers offering to continue its services in whatever manner the parties want,” Solheim said. “We will help in any way the parties want.”

An opposition coalition, comprising Labor, the Socialist Left Party and the agrarian Center Party, won a majority in Norway’s parliamentary election Monday.

Solheim who is expected to be part of the new government said the peace process will be continued by outgoing deputy foreign minister Vidar Helgesen and should reamin under a new government.

“There will be no change in the process as far as I can see,” he said in a telephone interview. “The current moves to get talks moving on the ceasefire will be handled by Vidar Helgesen.”

Diplomatic sources said Solheim is likely