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Norwegian mediators to Sri Lanka

Norwegian mediators are leaving for Colombo this week, to meet with the new Sri Lankan government.

They bring with them a proposal from the LTTE guerillas for a permanent cease-fire on the island.

The conditions for a stable and permanent cease-fire was the main topic on the agenda for the meeting between a Norwegian Foreign Office deleagtion and the LTTE chief negotiatior Anton Balasingham in London last Friday, the Tamila Guardian writes.

This has been confirmed by sources in the Norwegian Department for Foreign Affairs (UD), NRK reports.

Balasingham has also reportedly aired the possibility of holding the negotiations for a final peace agreement in India, under the auspices of the Indian government.

Both sides in the Sri Lanka conflict has asked Norway to resume its efforts to prepare the ground for new negotiations aimed at a permanent peace agreement in order to end the civil war in Sri Lanka.

For security reason, the Norwegian UD has not revealed the date for the Colombo meeting.