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Peace move runs cold

Norwegian Minister of International Development Eric Solheim will not be visiting Sri Lanka as scheduled following the LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran’s refusal to meet him due to security threats, The Nation learns.
Norwegian Embassy spokesman Eric Nurenberg said he is not in a position to comment on the statement made by the Tiger leader refusing to meet Solheim.
However, special envoy Jon Hansson Bauer will be arriving in the island late tonight and will attend to his schedule from Monday.
“Bauer will be arriving in Sri Lanka as scheduled. The cancellation of Solheim’s visit will not hamper the programme of Bauer,” Nurenberg said.
He added that it is not possible to disclose the details of Bauer’s programme and the scheduled appointments because they might be subjected to change and there are security reasons preventing such disclosure.
(VA)