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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2787

World Alliance for Peace says it is up to the Norwegians to clear their own sullied image

Colombo, 20 April, (Asiantribune.com): In a press release, the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) says that "it is up to the Norwegian authorities to clear Norway's sullied image" adding that "it is on record how Norway arranged the LTTE delegation to meet in Oslo soon after the Geneva discussion to plan collection of millions of dollars with Norway as the centre for disbursement of payments for arms."

The WAPS statement comes just prior to conference organized by WAPS in Colombo today with Falk Rune Rovik, who WAPS calls as a 'leading Norwegian Anti-Terror activist.' Organised by WAPS with Norwegians Against Terrorism (NAT) and Snasadaya, the conference is scheduled to be held at 5 pm at the Mahaweli Auditorium, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7.

WAP states that the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and their NGO fellow travellers resorted to 'tactics' when WAPS had its conference in Oslo in August 2004 , but failed to stem the anti- LTTE tide. "It is not Mr Falk Rovik that is on trial. His trial is over and he has been given a clean bill of health,It is the Norwegian Government that is on trial and it is afraid of the judgement" adds WAP.

Given below is the WAPS release in full:

"World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) along with their associate organizations, NAT and Sansadaya has taken many steps to expose the LTTE friendly activities of Norway and Norwegian foreign ministry cabal led by Erick Solheim. We have met Eric Solheim after WAPS Confernce in Oslo and conveyed our concerns on behalf of Sri Lankans who are at the receiving end of LTTE terrorism.

"But, Norway continues with their program to create space for the LTTE contributing in a big way to the political and economic instabilty of Sri Lanka. The collection of funds by the LTTE agents to procure arms in Norway, direct technical and financial support to the LTTE by Norway and attempts to revamp LTTE's political leadership by Norwegian officials are serious issues which merit the attention of the UN and the members of the international community, if they are genuinely interested in democratic institutions.

It is on record how Norway attempted to provide advantage to the LTTE delegation at the Geneva talks in the preparation of the agenda and how they arranged the LTTE delegation to meet in Oslo soon after the Geneva discussion to plan collection of millions of dollars with Norway as the centre for disbursement of payments for arms. Mr Falk Rovik of NAT along with WAPS has given details of all pro-LTTE acts of Norway and it is up to the Norwegian authorities to investigate and clear Norway's sullied image.

"NAT is an associate of WAPS with strong anti LTTE organizations in 14 countries. NAT has a well known website on Norwegian pro-LTTE actvities with several thousand Norwegians accessing it and contributing to counter pro-terrorist programs of the Norwegian Foreign Ministry. It is strange how Norwegian Foreign Ministry can accommodate leaders of the world's most brutal killers-the LTTE- with expenses paid programs while trying to ridicule Mr Rovik with a smear campaign.

The Norwegian Foreign Ministry and their NGO fellow travellers resorted to these tactics when WAPS had its conference in Oslo in August 2004, but failed to stem the anti- LTTE tide. It is not Mr Falk Rovik that is on trial. His trial is over and he has been given a clean bill of health, It is the Norwegian Government that is on trial and it is afraid of the judgment. We ask Norwegian Government to play the ball, not the player. Do not try to kill the messenger.

"WAPS will again go before the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee with a complete dossier against Norway even though we are aware of Norway's behind the scene maneuvers to stifle proceedings. We have made an appeal to the King of Norway and political leaders to appoint a parliamentary Royal Commission to look into the Norwegian pro-LTTE activities. We are also exploring the possibility of
legal action against Norway. In the near future we are planning to appoint a People's Commission in Sri Lanka to invite submissions and indict Norway.

"Meantime, we request the Norwegian Government, their officials and Norwegian funded NGOs not to stoop low to avoid responsibility of crimes against Sri Lanka.

- Asian Tribune -

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