Solheim meets Tamil parties

Former Norwegian peace envoy to Sri Lanka Erik Solheim has met some Tamil parties and discussed the Sri Lankan situation.

Solheim tweeted today saying that the Tamil parties had told him there was a need for international observers to monitor the northern provincial council elections scheduled for November.

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 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.  (Colombo Gazette)