Sri Lanka vows talks amid bombs, Norway plays down hopes

Jan. 19 (AFP) – Four people were killed and 40 wounded in bomb attacks in Sri Lanka as Colombo vowed “every endeavour” to revive peace moves, while a top Norwegian envoy played down hopes of a breakthrough. Jan. 19 (AFP) – Four people were killed and 40 wounded in bomb attacks in Sri Lanka as Colombo vowed “every endeavour” to revive peace moves, while a top Norwegian envoy played down hopes of a breakthrough. Government spokesman Nimal Siripala de Silva said Colombo was “positive” that Norway’s International Development Minister Erik Solheim, who is due here next week, will be able to end the impasse in the Oslo-backed peace process.

“The government response to this visit is very positive,” de Silva said. “The government will make every endeavour within its means and power to break the present deadlock and resume peace talks as soon as possible.”

Solheim played down hopes his visit to the island, where more than 60,000 people have been killed in three decades of fighting, would lead to a resumption of peace talks.

“It’s very important to play down the expectations,” Solheim told reporters in Oslo.

“What could hopefully be achieved through this visit is some kind of understanding between