Peacebroker Norway ends a four-day mission to Sri Lanka after apparently wringing concessions from government and rebels

Peacebroker Norway ended a four-day mission to Sri Lanka after apparently wringing concessions from government and rebels on the need to cooperate in distributing foreign tsunami aid. Peacebroker Norway ended a four-day mission to Sri Lanka after apparently wringing concessions from government and rebels on the need to cooperate in distributing foreign tsunami aid. The last of the four-person team, deputy foreign minister Vidar Helgesen, left Colombo Monday afternoon after unscheduled talks with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) political chief S.P. Thamilsevan, an official said.

Rebel sources said the talks in the northeastern town of Kilinochchi had focused on finetuning a Norwegian proposal to set up a common body to ensure relief is distributed evenly throughout tsunami-hit areas.

The talks followed a series of separate weekend meetings between the Norwegian team, led by Foreign Minister Jan Petersen, and top rebel and government figures.

Petersen, who held talks with President Chandrika Kumaratunga in Colombo and elusive LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran in Kilinochchi, said a co-ordinated relief effort could yet be “conducive to a positive outcome”