President Rajapaksa has told the Norwegian Prime Minister that the Government had to incur a vast expenditure on the development of infrastructure in the North and East due to the devastation caused by the LTTE in thee two Provinces.
The meeting between the President and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg took place at the UN premises. The President said referred to speedy development of infrastructure that was taking place in the North and the Eat with the dawn of peace. He said he was confident that Norway would make a vital contribution to develop the North and the East as well as other part of Sri Lanka. He expressed his gratitude to the Norwegian Prime Minister for the contribution made by NORAD in the development of the Hambantota District. Peace now reigns in Sri Lanka. Infrastructure including roads is being speedily developed. Both leaders directed attention to the opportunities available for the Norwegian business fraternity investing in Sri Lanka. Ties between Sri Lanka and Norway are now solidifying. This is very clear with the increase in the number of Norwegian tourists arriving in the island soaring up to 106 percent.
Norwegian Development Minister Eric Solheim who was present at this meeting said that the time has come for the Tamil Diaspora should now look at the Sri Lankan Government in a positive angle. He was of the view that they shoulds take the initiative of entering the democratic path via the Parliamentary system to solve their problems, without remaining in their stand. Several Parliamentarians including Prof. G.L. Peiris and senior Government officials are present on this occasion.