Talks on SLMM's safety on June 8, 9
COLOMBO: A Government delegation headed by Peace Secretariat Chief
Dr. Palitha Kohona will participate in talks on the operational and
safety aspects of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in Oslo on
June 8 and 9.
The Government delegation, Norwegian facilitators, senior SLMM
representatives and the LTTE are due to discuss matters relating to the
operational modalities of the SLMM in the light of recent incidents.
The LTTE is however yet to confirm its participation. "The talks are
not in any way related to the ceasefire talks.
They will be solely on the various problems faced by the SLMM and
ensuring their security in the aftermath of major incidents such as the
attack on the Pearl Cruise vessel," said Kethesh Loganathan, Deputy
Chief of the Peace Secretariat.
He said the proposal was conveyed by the Norwegian delegation led by
International Development Minister Erik Solheim during his discussion
with the President on May 26. Solheim suggested the need to have a
meeting to assess the situation and address the safety and security of
the SLMM. The Government responded positively to this suggestion.
Solheim has stated that it was important to ensure that the SLMM can
function effectively in the current situation.
Apart from Dr. Kohona, the other members of the Government delegation
to the Oslo discussions are yet to be named, Loganathan said.
"The President and the Government greatly appreciate the commitment
and services of the SLMM and will unreservedly provide support that the
SLMM requests to ensure the safety of its members. The Government also
wishes to encourage the LTTE to respond positively to the invitation to
the second round of talks in Geneva," a Government news release said