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UN Envoy: No Plans to Replace Norway as Peace Broker in Sri Lanka

A top U.N. official has wrapped up a four-day visit to Sri Lanka, saying the world body has no plans to replace Norway as a peace broker between the Colombo government and Tamil Tiger rebels.

Responding Wednesday to reports in local media, Special U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said the world body has not been asked to intervene in the decades-old conflict.

Mr. Brahimi said his visit included meetings with political parties and European cease-fire monitors. He said the talks covered a wide range of issues, but declined to give details.

Mr. Brahimi came to the island nation at the invitation of President Chandrika Kumaratunga to assess the country's peace process following the assassination of Sri Lanka's foreign minister last month by suspected rebels.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.