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No change in Oslo's role, says Solheim

V.S. Sambandan

"There will be absolutely no change"

COLOMBO: Norway's Left coalition, which won the Parliamentary poll, does not envisage any change in Oslo's role in the Sri Lankan peace process, Erik Solheim, a key facilitator, told The Hindu .

"There will be absolutely no change whatsoever in the Sri Lankan peace process. The new government will be formed in about one month's time. When it is in place, it will immediately contact the Sri Lankan Government and offer its services to the Government and the LTTE," Mr. Solheim said from Oslo when contacted over telephone.

Asked about the issue of the Norwegian facilitation, which has figured in the Sri Lankan domestic political debate, Mr. Solheim declined to comment. "That is an internal debate in Sri Lanka. We will not comment on that," he said.

Police post attacked

Cadres of the LTTE on Monday opened fire on a police post in eastern Sri Lanka, the Army said. The post in the eastern Valaichchenai area was attacked by militants hiding in the dark. They disappeared into the "uncleared" areas after the incident. In another incident, the LTTE "detained" three policemen who entered the "uncleared" areas in northern Mannar district, media reports said.

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