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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

Anura Bandaranaike sends strong signals of protest to Norway

[b]Anura Bandaranaike sends strong signals of protest to Norway and the West from India[/b]

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

Anura Bandaranaike, the new Foreign Minister, has put his stamp on Sri Lankan foreign policy by the first two steps he has taken: 1) made his first trip to India which is the critical player in the peace process and 2) defined his attitude towards Norway and the West which is guided by the slanted interpretations and the reporting of the negotiations with Norway as the go-between the two parties.

In both moves his primary aim has been to minimize the global influence that the LTTE has gained through the pro-LTTE interventions of Norway. The latest media reports reveal that Norway has intervened actively in the EU to prevent it from banning the LTTE after it targeted Lakshman Kadirgamar. The appeasement of the LTTE by EU, through Norwegian influence, has failed to bring any positive results either to the Cease Fire Agreement brokered by Norway or to halt the increasing violence unleashed by the LTTE on its Tamils rivals and the Security Forces.

Besides, the latest killing of Lakshman Kadirgamar confirms that eliminating any potential threat to Velupillai Prabhakaran’s future remains as a firmly entrenched strategy and a primary weapon that will be used again and again as an when the opportunity arises. The established pattern has left paw marks through Tiger technology, motives and modalities since the time the LTTE killed Rajiv Gandhi – a potential threat to Prabhakaran. All three factors combine in one consolidated act to eliminate Prabhakaran’s rivals. These are so transparent that the global opinion (except Norway, of course) has refused to accept the smokescreen of denials put out by the LTTE. Reeling from the backlash the LTTE is struggling desperately to take the heat off their backs with vehement denials.

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