Norwegian FM to convey
President's views to LTTE
President Chandrika Kumaratunga received Foreign Minister Jan Petersen of the Royal Norwegian Government at President's House on Wednesday 10th November 2004.
The President expressed her appreciation to the Norwegian Foreign Minister for paying his second visit to Sri Lanka this year in an effort to facilitate the resumption of direct negotiations between the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE since the latter withdrew from talks in April 2003.
Reviewing developments since they last met in New York in September this year, the President underscored the UPFA Government's total commitment to the peace process, the maintenance of the Ceasefire Agreement and the early re-commencement of talks with the LTTE within an agreed framework. She briefed the visiting Foreign Minister and delegation on recent developments, including the inaugural meeting of the National Advisory Council on Peace and Reconciliation and the meetings of the three Committees under it.
The Norwegian Foreign Minister undertook to convey the President's views to the LTTE leadership when he meets them in Kilinochchi on Thursday November 11th and stressed that this was an opportune moment to renew direct talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE.The Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen was accompanied by the Deputy Minister Vidar Hellgesen, Ambassador Hans Brattskar and Special Envoy Erik Solheim and other officials. Ministers Lakshman Kadirgamar, Mangala Samaraweera and Nimal Siripala de Silva, the Secretary-General of the Peace Secretariat Jayantha Dhanapala and other Government executives were present at Wednesday's meeting.
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