He said this following talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Børge Brende at the Foreign Ministry in Colombo today.
“The domestic mechanisms through which we are trying to address this past, are in the process of being developed and the consultation process to design these mechanisms, will begin next week,” the Foreign Minister said.
He also noted that on Saturday a special session of Parliament will form a constitutional council, a committee consisting of the whole Parliament, which will begin the serious business of consulting the people and drafting a new constitution for Sri Lanka that reflects the aspirations of all Sri Lankans.
Samaraweera also said that he and Minister Brende discussed expanding Norwegian development assistance, especially technical assistance for the fisheries sector and solar power generation.
In addition, he said they explored the possibility of expanding Norwegian investment in Sri Lanka, both through portfolio and foreign direct investment.
Minister Samaraweera said that he is confident that regular high level interaction at all levels will pave the way for a stronger relationship between Norway and Sri Lanka, which in turn will benefit both countries and the people. (Colombo Gazette)