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15 June 2015 03:32 pm - 19     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said today that former Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim had absolutely no role to play in Sri Lankan affairs, but that his views on engagement with the diaspora, in the context of his long experience, were of value.

In response to a Daily Mirror story headlined ‘Erik Solheim back in SL affairs’ in its Monday issue, he said, “Mr. Erik Solheim was present very briefly on the first day of the discussions in London, and this was only to share his past experiences in engaging the Sri Lankan diaspora. This was in his personal capacity and not as a representative of the Norwegian government.

"Mr. Solheim has absolutely no role at all in Sri Lankan affairs or in any matter pertaining to Sri Lanka and will not have any role in future either, in any form or capacity. But his views on engagement with the diaspora, in the context of his long experience, were of value.”

  Comments - 19

  • Gratiaen Tuesday, 16 June 2015 01:17 PM

    Well said Waco. The best out of the three was late Hon,Lalith Athulathmudali, We should not forget late Hon. Lakshman Kadiragamer who too was an Oxford educated person handled these affairs in sound manner!!!

    Waco Tuesday, 16 June 2015 01:17 PM

    We must have a highly educated and intelligent team to discuss, plan ,negotiate or to take decisions of national issues.

    saminda Tuesday, 16 June 2015 07:51 AM

    If you read the article again you will find the answer to your question. "But his views on engagement with the diaspora, in the context of his long experience, were of value". The problem with Mahinda supporters are that they have no brain left to reason out, understand and make a decision. All that was done by the thugs and illiterates for them.

    Awamangala Tuesday, 16 June 2015 08:11 AM

    He attended the meeting, on invitation of our-mangala!

    Menike Tuesday, 16 June 2015 08:19 AM

    If he has no role now, why did you agree to get him into the meeting? It is increasingly becoming obvious that you either do not know what you are doing or are being dictated to by the LTTE supporting Tamil diaspora. Which is it?

    Yan Tuesday, 16 June 2015 08:47 AM

    Mr Mangala, Good luck for your efforts towards true reconciliation....

    Sikuru Tuesday, 16 June 2015 02:55 PM

    Tamil diaspora is NOT an organization but the millions of Tamils living in the world and not everyone of them support the LTTE

    Prem Nath Tuesday, 16 June 2015 10:07 AM

    Solheim has no role in Sri Lanka for SURE,then why meet with him and have any discussions while you are abroad?RW gave into him and nearly split Sri Lanka then.Now what are you guys up to?

    Giabao Tuesday, 16 June 2015 10:24 AM

    But then why reps from Norwegian and Swiss govt were present ?

    nn Tuesday, 16 June 2015 10:25 AM

    you are late in washing the hands now.

    ban Tuesday, 16 June 2015 03:24 PM

    Seriously? Man you guys need to take the reality pill. No idea how the Europe and India work.

    Sorinis Tuesday, 16 June 2015 03:28 PM

    Does anyone expect Solheim to tell all the facts of the days he was involved with the LTTE trying to divide the country? Mangala knows better than to trust this snake.

    Senanayaka Tuesday, 16 June 2015 11:14 AM

    Yes we know you all are brainless communal fellows. How are you to solve the problems. High time change your brain to think for future for this multi race country.

    ishanka Tuesday, 16 June 2015 11:41 AM

    saminda, we dont need any engagement with diaspora. They have no upperhand over us.It is we who have and that is why they seek creeping into SL issues using this weak government. Anyone with a brain can understand it. if diaspora wants to engage with us or even come to SL stop being an enemy of SL...It is that simple

    Waco Tuesday, 16 June 2015 11:47 AM

    It is highly regrettable that Sri Lanka do not have a clever negotiators like Late Hon: J.R. Jayawardana , Late Hon: Ranjan Wijeratne or LalithAthulath Mudali.

    jaypee Tuesday, 16 June 2015 11:48 AM

    Reconciliation is the best way to heal old wounds. We should all understand that.

    Nims Tuesday, 16 June 2015 06:10 AM

    Yes we know that he has NO role in Sri Lanka - but definitely with the Tamil Diaspora and LTTE sympathizers who are waiting to divide the country. If not why the hell he attended this meeting???

    Bala Tuesday, 16 June 2015 12:54 PM

    Unfortunately many comments are just expressions of personal feelings without reading the article and understanding it. Since Mangala was not involved earlier with the diaspora, he wanted background info only from Solheim. But Mangala need not be guided by what he says. Similar to an advisor but the Receiver need not heed the advice. That is how the high ups prepare for a meeting - unlike Sajins and GLP time when slaps were the order of the day.

    Lanka Watch Tuesday, 16 June 2015 07:21 AM

    Can some one explain as to what is behind, calling thismeeting between the Govt

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