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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2584

Twist and turns of Sri Lanka Embassy attack in Oslo

Oslo, 15 April, ( No arrest on the attack on Sri Lankan Mission so far reported, but the present Sri Lankan Ambassador is leaving Norway on the 18th of this month as he has been already on a recall order.

Meanwhile, Norwegian Police have already released the only suspect arrested in connection with attack on the Sri Lanka Mission.

In the meantime a spokesman in the Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Asian Tribune that in case Norway adopts a dilatory tactics in arresting culprits involved in the cowardly attack on the Sri Lanka Mission then ‘Sri Lanka has to seriously consider the diplomatic relationship with Norway.’

Ambassador Esala Weerakone , the present Sri Lankan Ambassador to Norway was posted on a three year term, but he has been recalled suddenly at the end of his two year stint. It is learnt that he has already planned to leave for Colombo on the 18th of this month, prior to the attack on the Sri Lanka mission on 12th of April.

Several Sri Lankans living in Norway told that it was unfortunate for Colombo to insist on its earlier recall order, as at present he has an unfinished business at hand and it needs his presence most compelling instead of passing on the baton a newcomer who will succeed him.

Rodney Perera the present the Director General of American Division as well as Middle-east and Africa Division is to succeed Esala Weerakone in Norway.

Both the outgoing and incoming Ambassadors are from the 1988 Foreign Service batch. Rodney Perera another career diplomat has last served as Ambassador in Italy. Though he is an experience and a savvy diplomat, it is believed it might take more than two months for him to settle down in Norway and get acquainted with the ground situation and by that time the attack on the Mission would been a long forgotten issue and there are chances that the cowardly attack shelved in the backburner as new events take priority over the attack.

In the meantime, when Asian Tribune contacted Ambassador Easala Weerkone, he said he was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to meet Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, who personally expressed his regret over the attack on the Mission and told that he has already discussed with the Minister of Justice as well as with the Minister of Police to expedite the investigation and arrest the culprits.

Ambassador told that Norwegian on the attack.

He also told Asian Tribune that Erik Solheim, Minister of the Environment and Minister of Development Cooperation too contacted him and expressed "sorry" for the attack on the Mission and said that the attack on the Sri Lanka Mission "unacceptable".

- Asian Tribune -

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