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Norwegians meet Balasingham

Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen will meet LTTE chief negotiator Anton Balasingham next week to finalise the draft agreement for a mutually agreed ceasefire between the Government and the LTTE.

The Norwegian delegation is expected here following the meeting for final touches of the agreement, Tamilnet said yesterday.

Facilitator Erik Solheim met Balasingham on Tuesday for another round of talks regarding the formulation of a structured, mutually acceptable ceasefire, the Tamilnet report said.

Erik Solheim, special advisor to the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and Kjirste Tromsdal, an official with the same Ministry, met Mr. Balasingham at his residence in London for three hours Tuesday morning, the sources said.

"Their discussion centred on issues pertaining to the formulation of a structured, mutually agreeable ceasefire between the two sides," Tamilnet, quoted its sources.

Mr. Solheim has discussed with the Sri Lankan government the proposals for a permanent ceasefire put forward by the Liberation Tigers two weeks ago and Tuesday's discussions in London were based on the results of those meetings, the sources said.

The Norwegian government is trying to work out a mutually agreeable document detailing a ceasefire, incorporating the suggestions and concerns of both sides, the sources said. Oslo is expected to complete a draft soon.

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