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The first evaluation of Norway’s peace efforts in Sri Lanka has been presented. “We want to learn from the experience we have gained from the peace process in Sri Lanka,” said Minister of International Development Erik Solheim.

An independent evaluation of Norway’s peace efforts in Sri Lanka was presented on Friday. Norway is given a pass mark for the work that was done, while at the same time a number of points are highlighted for Norway to learn from. 

“We gained experience from the peace process in Sri Lanka that we can use in other places. In my view, Norway did a good job. We helped to bring about a ceasefire in 2002, which put an end to the fighting and saved lives. Having said that, we now need to consider if there was anything we could have done differently, and look at what we can learn from the experience. This evaluation will help us to do this,” commented Mr. Solheim. 

Norway is one of the first countries to evaluate its own efforts in a peace process in another country. It was Mr. Solheim who initiated the independent evaluation. 

“The responsibility for losing the peace lies with the parties to the conflict, just as they should have the credit for the several good years that followed the ceasefire. When the parties chose war, there was little Norway or other countries could do. The Sri Lankan authorities won the war. Now they need to win the peace,” said Mr. Solheim.

The work on the evaluation report has been headed by Gunnar Sørbø from the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) and Jonathan Goodhand from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). It tells the story of the peace process in Sri Lanka and draws lessons from the process that can be used in other peace processes. (Source: Norway Post)

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  • Pushpakumara Hettita Sunday, 13 November 2011 10:40 PM

    What peace with a terrorist organisation.

    raj Sunday, 13 November 2011 11:03 PM

    Norway was a peace maker between terrorist and war criminals!

    Ranjitdea Monday, 14 November 2011 12:11 AM

    You failed in your mission to divide the country

    Ranjith. BG Monday, 14 November 2011 01:43 AM

    This is good lesson for you in future do your own business don’t put your fingers to other countries.

    meranchim Sunday, 13 November 2011 11:15 AM

    solheim why so interest to bring the peace in to sri lanka please keep off and stay away, help to re develop the country which supper and devastated long period because of your involvement ....i

    laly wije Sunday, 13 November 2011 12:48 PM

    You gained experiance at our expense. Truly it was a disgrace and you disgraced the peace loving,nice people of Norway in the process. I think heads should role in Norway for this disgusting unprofessional conduct. I do not think Norway would be trusted by any country after this.

    Ranjith Sunday, 13 November 2011 01:15 PM

    The most important lesson that they should learn is not to meddle in other's countries and other's affairs and impose their own whims fancies and biases on others. If Norway (and also India) did not get involved in this, through Redd Barna (and through RAW) and others in providing material and non-material support to LTTE before the conflict and during the conflict, much of the destruction could have been avoided. Unfortunately, these lessons are not what they are looking for. They are looking for lessons on how to meddle with other's affairs more stealthily.

    Ariya Sunday, 13 November 2011 05:24 PM

    There is nothing to evaluate, you and your country got kicked out!


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