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Broader international coalition would have aided Sri Lankan peace process says Solheim

Former Norwegian peace facilitator Erik Solheim said last week the Sri Lankan peace process would have benefited from broader international involvement.

Speaking at a panel discussion on January 14 at the Atlantic Council in Washington, Mr Solheim said though India, Norway and Japan had provided diplomatic support for the peace process between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan government “a broader and stronger coalition of outside international players was needed.”

“We needed a bigger team to tap into Tamil-Sinhala relationships and more importantly, we needed to gain insight into the unique leadership of the Tamil Tigers,” Mr Solheim  said. “At the end of the day it was about this.”

See here for more coverage of the event by Atlantic Council.

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