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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Killing of Kadirgamar discredits Norway: Sri Lanka to launch

[b]Killing of Kadirgamar discredits Norway: Sri Lanka to launch diplomatic offensive against LTTE [/b]

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

The LTTE is rushing to engage in damage control with the President Chandrika Kumaratunga appearing on national TV on Sunday night vowing not to bow down to terrorism and pointing the finger directly at the LTTE for the assassination the Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar. In retaliation to the killing, the Sri Lankan government is preparing to launch a massive diplomatic assault on the LTTE. It is recalling all the heads of missions from abroad to activate an international campaign structured to put pressure on the West to match its anti-terrorist rhetoric with positive and meaningful action.

After three years of hanging on to the Ceasefire Agreement hoping that Norway-led Co-chairs would restrain the LTTE the Sri Lankan government is now throwing the ball right back into the court of the Norway, USA, Japan EU and also India. Briefing the diplomats posted to Colombo, the head of the Government's Peace Secretariat, Jayantha Dhanapala said that the international sponsors of Sri Lanka’s peace process – the Co-chairs led by Norway -- must recognise their "special responsibility" after Kadirgamar's assassination. He added: "In the light of the assassination, there would have to be a serious review of certain policies and procedures followed up to now in relation to the peace process,"

Political observers note that Norway should be held responsible primarily for allowing the LTTE to get away with blue murder in the post-Ceasefire period. These observers argue that the Norwegians had misled the international community that appointed them as the chief negotiator. Being in this commanding position the Norwegians played a partisan role not only by excusing the LTTE violations of the Ceasefire Agreement but also by misdirecting the international community not to put maximum pressure on the LTTE to honour its commitments to the Ceasefire Agreement, human rights and pluralism.

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