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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2675

Norwegian pilot jumps out of the plane in mid air

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

Jonas Gahr StoreJonas Gahr StoreAfter meeting the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, in Oslo the Norwegian Foreign Minister, Jonas Gahr Stoere, dropped a bombshell at the press conference.

He said: “Norway will present no new mediation or peace initiative in the Sri Lanka conflict.”

This act is compared to the pilot jumping off the plane in mid air. Analysts state that this could lead to a deepening of the crisis. Analysts also agree that this is an admission of Norwegian failure in peace-building after being engaged in it for over six years.

Reporting the announcement of Stoere Norway Post added: “Foreign Minister Samaraweera for his part confirmed that the Government of Sri Lanka continues to support the process which aims to achieve a permanent peace treaty for the island state.
“But we have achieved nothing. And there are no simple answers,”

Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister said. He blamed the Tamils and pointed to the fact that the LTTE representatives did not even want to meet with the delegation of the central government in Norway last week.

“Last week the LTTE broke off a two-day meeting in Oslo which was to have discussed the security of the Nordic Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) which is overseeing the fragile cease fire treaty.
“Norway has therefore sent a letter to the two sides, where they are asked to in writing to clarify whether or not they stand by the cease fire agreement, and if they want to guarantee security for the Nordic SLMM observers.

“Foreign Minister Samaraweera on Monday only said that Sri Lanka still wants Norway's help.”

- Asian Tribune -

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