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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2960

Anura tells Norway: Don’t sit rubbing hands, doing nothing!

[b]Anura tells Norway: Don’t sit rubbing hands, doing nothing![/b]

By Anne Rodrigo - Asian Tribune

Colombo, 18 August, ( Anura Bandaranaike, who is expected to be sworn in as Foreign Minister, has added his voice to the chorus of national and international voices protesting against the role played by Norway in the Sri Lankan peace process. Minister Bandaranaike told the Asian Tribune: “Norway’s role is highly questionable. They have to be tougher with the LTTE without a shadow of doubt.”

He added in an emphatic tone that there was no point in the Cease-fire Agreement if the Norwegian facilitators are “sitting there, rubbing palms, doing nothing.”

After the assassination of Lakshman Kadirgamar Indian media and Indian politicians have been leading the international attack, exposing the partisan role of Norway. Commentators now view the role of Nordic peace-maker with suspicion. Having examined the failure of Norway to bring its LTTE partner to observe the Ceasefire Agreement commentators are now holding Norway responsible for the assassination of Lakshman Kadirgamar. Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Former Minister of Commerce, was quite forthright in condemning the role of Norway.

'The Hindu,' (16 August, 2005), a premier national daily in India, said: ''Norway, as the peace broker, has much to answer for. From the beginning, it argued for a softly-softly approach to the LTTE, claiming the Tiger was changing its stripes. The assassination of Mr. Kadirgamar is a tragic reminder that this is far from true.''

As Foreign Minister, Kadirgamar too was critical of Norway’s policy of letting LTTE get away without sufficient pressure to honor the Ceasefire Agreement. He urged Norway to fulfill its role in overseeing the Ceasefire Agreement. He was most emphatic in the international community putting pressure on the LTTE to observe democratic norms.

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