Solheim says role in Sri Lanka taught him valuable lessons

Erik-SolheimFormer Norwegian peace negotiator Erik Solheim says he gained valuable lessons through his role in Sri Lanka.

As a negotiator of the peace process in Sri Lanka between 1998 to 2005, Solheim said he had gained valuable lessons, including the importance of dialogue and compromise.

“In my view you should always try to talk even with political leaders as well as guerrilla leaders or terrorists leaders who do not seem to be amendable to compromise – let’s try talking,” he said.

Solheim was speaking at the UN as the new head of the United Nations environment agency, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

He was elected to the UNEP position for a four-year term by the General Assembly on 13 May this year, succeeding Achim Steiner of Germany, who led the agency for the past 10 years.

In Sri Lanka Solheim played a key role as peace negotiator between the LTTE and the Government. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. U don’t negotiate with terrorist. No surprise hes a left wing politician, they think anything can be done with love and peace but they dont have the mental capacity to critically think. Just look at EU, refugees flooding in and raping and getting away with crimes. The Left Wing are destroying europe

  2. Really, why doesn’t a journalist ask him to go to Washington and tell the USA and other Western Government to sit and talk to ISIL, and see how far he gets. What rubbish this man has failed by playing double games and is a joke, Noway is the worst so called peace broker, just look at the so called Oslo peace process a shambles.

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