Solheim has an eye on Sri Lanka

Former Norwegian peace envoy to Sri Lanka Erik Solheim says he is still having a close eye on Sri Lanka despite the end of his mediator role several years ago.

Speaking to the Colombo Gazette, Solheim said that he had also met the Tamil Diaspora during his recent trip to Australia.

“I am following events in Sri Lanka closely. Reading news. Meeting people,” Solheim said.

A former Minister of Environment and International Development in Norway, Solheim is now the Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC).

Solheim, who had been often labeled in Sri Lanka as being pro-LTTE, had once said that Wikileaks reports on him proved that he was not biased towards one party.

Solheim had also rejected the idea of a separate State in Sri Lanka and urged the Tamil Diaspora to seek dialogue and work through democratic means to achieve their goals.

Last month Solheim had said that Tamil parties had told him there was a need for international observers to monitor the northern provincial council elections scheduled for November. (Colombo Gazette)

Report by Easwaran Rutnam