Joint statement Norway and Sri Lanka
Minister Samaraweera, reiterated the new President's commitment to the peace process and the role of Norway as the facilitator. The Sri Lankan minister also discussed operational modalities for the resumption of talks.
The Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre welcomed the commitment demonstrated by the Sri Lankan government to move the peace process forward. Mr. Støre underlined that the new Norwegian Government is fully committed to engage as a facilitator.
The ministers look forward to an early visit by Norwegian Minister of Development Mr Erik Solheim, to Sri Lanka to initiate the resumption of talks with the GOSL and the LTTE. The composition of the Norwegian team, including a Special Envoy, will be announced shortly.
The Ministers were optimistic that talks on the strengthening of the implementation and effective monitoring of the ceasefire can commence early next year.
15 December 2005