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The government has also decided to shift the venue of the customarily aid group meeting from Paris to Colombo, in order to allow a greater participation of Sri Lankan officials in the discussion, Cabinet spokesman Minister G L Peiris said today.

rnrnldblquote This change of venue will allow most of the officials who are in charge of various development activities to participate, since there would be less constraints on the size of the delegation
dblquote , Prof. Peiris said.

rnrnThe aid group meeting is scheduled for May 2002 allowing an in depth analysis of the UNF government
quote s economic policy, which will be presented in the budget proposals in late March 2002.

rnrnCommenting on the ongoing peace process, Peiris said a Norwegian delegation led by Deputy Minister Vidar Helgasen arrived today to discuss the draft cessation of hostilities agreement with President Kumaratunga and Prime Minister, Ranil Wickramasinghe.

rnrnThe delegation has earlier met LTTE
quote s theoretician Anton Balasingham in

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