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Norway suspends Sri Lanka peace drive due to political crisis

Norway said it would suspend its efforts to end Sri Lanka’s three decades of ethnic bloodshed until the president and prime minister resolved their power struggle. President Chandrika Kumaratunga, a frequent critic of Norway’s diplomacy who triggered the political crisis last week, immediately insisted that the peace process with Tamil rebels should continue. Norwegian Deputy Prime Minister Vidar Helgesen, who stayed an extra day here for talks with the key players, said Oslo needed “clarity” on which the Sri Lankan leader was in charge. “Until such clarity is re-established, there is no space for further efforts by the Norwegian government to assist the parties,” Helgesen told reporters after three days of meetings. “This is one single impediment Norway can do nothing about,” he said. “So we will go home and wait.” Full Story

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