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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2677

Norway condemns attack on bus load of civilians without blaming terrorists

Mangala SamaraweeraMangala SamaraweeraOslo, 17 June, ( Sri Lanka’s The Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, went on Norwegian TV yesterday and pinned the blame on the LTTE for the massacre of a busload of Sinhalese passengers. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry issued a condemnation without mentioning either the word “terrorism” or the LTTE. Erik Solheim, the failed facilitator, offered his condolences to the families of the victims of the latest LTTE attack on civilians.

Norwegians Against Terrorism (NAT) told the Asian Tribune that when a bus or a train is blown up in London it is condemned as brutal terrorism. But when a bus load of Sinhalese passengers are blown up in Sri Lanka it is condemned merely as “a gruesome attack” by the Norwegian facilitators.

A spokesman for NAT said that this is typical of Norwegian double standards. He added: “The Royal Norwegian Foreign Ministry is fully aware that 95% of the violations of the Ceasefire Agreement has been committed by the LTTE. They are also aware that LTTE has never admitted any acts of terrorism perpetrated by them. And their common practice is to blame others.”

Yesterday the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Samaraweera was interviewed for two minutes on the two largest TV stations in Norway NRK and TV2. He explained to the Norwegian people it could ‘Only’ be the LTTE who was behind the attack. In today’s newspapers the LTTE is blaming the GOSL for starting a war and raising issues about the retaliatory air attacks on LTTE targets.

Here is the Norwegian Foreign Ministry press release:

No.: 79/06

Date: 15.06.2006

Norway condemns the gruesome attack on civilians in Sri Lanka today

Norway condemns in the strongest terms the most recent incidents of violence in Sri Lanka. Altogether 519 people have been killed since December 2005. These include Muslims, Singhalese and Tamils. The continual attacks on civilians are exacerbating the already critical situation in Sri Lanka.

Today’s attack brings the violence in Sri Lanka to a new level. A busload of civilians was the target of a mine attack that was ruthlessly planned and carried out. So far, 63 people are reported to have been killed and 45 injured. This is the bloodiest attack on civilians since the parties to the peace process in Sri Lanka signed the ceasefire agreement in 2002.

“This is a gruesome attack on innocent civilians, including children. We send our deepest condolences to their families and to the wounded,” says Minister for International Development Mr Erik Solheim.

“We are witnessing a spiral of worsening violence, which is bringing Sri Lanka towards full civil war. Norway requests an immediate halt of all violence in Sri Lanka,” says Minister Solheim.

- Asian Tribune -

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