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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2704

Viking LTTE agents back in action?

By Janaka Perera

Mystery surrounds the return on a tourist visa to Sri Lanka of former Norwegian Ambassador, head of Red Barna and LTTE sympathizer Jon Westborg. He was instrumental in getting powerful radio communication equipment for the LTTE under the so-called ceasefire agreement during Ranil Wickremesinghe's Premiership.

Equally suspicious is the visa extension granted of two members of the notorious Norwegian NGO People's Aid which was found to have given 38 vehicles to the LTTE.

According sources close to the Defence Ministry the visas of the two INGO members Philip Atkins and Bethani Eriksson expired on October 31. But a VIP of the Government had intervened on their behalf and got the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oslo to give them a visa extension. It is understood that neither the Defence Ministry nor the President had been aware of this move to extend the Norwegians' stay here.

Military Intelligence is however is monitoring LTTE obituary notices of its dead cadres and the simultaneous INGO advertisements for vacancies calling for young people to work in international aid and relief organizations such as the ICRC, Save the Children and the Danish Refugee Council for vacancies in their organizations, alongside LTTE obituaries for its terrorist cadres, in the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts.

It is strongly suspected that LTTE is using the INGOs to shield its recruitment drive and lure youth for interviews and later to be abducted in due course for combat purposes...

The positions advertised by the ICRC, Save the Children and Danish Refugee Council are for: Field officer, Project officer and Radio operators in Kilinochchi.

- Asian Tribune -

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