|Thursday, 17 June 2004|
Efforts will continue to resume peace talks : Envoy
Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Hans Brattskar after meeting with LTTE political wing leader S. P. Thamilselvan in Killinochchi yesterday, said that efforts would continue to resume stalled peace talks between the Government and the LTTE.
Brattskar told reporters after the meeting:
"We are continuing discussions on the issue of the peace talks. I think that we still are some way away from agreeing on the modalities and the timing for talks. But, as facilitator, it is important for us with continuing discussions with both the parties. My visit today is a routine visit, one that I will continue to have".
Responding to a question regarding reports in Colombo media about incidents in the Batticaloa district, he said: "We had also discussions on the situation in the East.
There has been some concern as some segments of the media are giving some incorrect picture of what is happening in the East. Mr. Thamilchelvan presented his views on the goings on in the East and I will of course convey those to the Government".
Answering another question about the next stage of the peace process he said: "This is a decision that needs to be taken by both parties. We will continue go back and forth between the parties, as facilitator until there is an agreement between both parties on the future steps. I feel we are not quite there, but we will continue our discussions. That is our role.
"As I said earlier, we are yet to arrive at agreement about modalities, format and the timing regarding resuming the peace talks".
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