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Last updated: 22 September, 2010 - Published 18:04 GMT
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President in bilateral talks with Norway
Mahinda Rajapaksha
Prsidient Mahinda Rajapaksha has engaged in constructive bilateral talks with a number of heads of state now in New York, says Presidential media co-ordinator Vijayananda herath.

President Rajapaksa is in New York to attend the United Nations 65th General Assembly.

“It was a new beginning with Norway” said Hearth referring to bilateral talks with Norway.

Hearath said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa discussed development
co-operation with the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

President Rajapaksha recalled the development aid given to his constituency, Hambantota in his talks, said Hearath.

According to the Presidential media Co-ordinator former peace negotiator for Sri Lanka, Minister of International Development, Eric Solehime had said that the Tamil diaspora needs to resolve their grievances through democratic means in the parliamentary process.


New york Protest
New York Protest

Meanwhile, around two hundred fifty Tamils from the US and Canadian diaspora participated in a demonstration in New York calling for a full probe in to what happened in the last days of the war in Sri lanka.

“All nationalities should be treated equally and that is not happening in Sri Lanka” said Eeesan, who was among the protesters.

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