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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Norway’s diplomatic role on behalf of terrorists

[b]Norway’s diplomatic role on behalf of terrorists[/b]

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

[b]London 02 September, ([/b] Sri Lanka’s call to the world community to chastise the Tamil Tigers for a new wave of terrorism is being thwarted by peace mediator Norway, well informed sources told Asian Tribune.Colombo launched this diplomatic initiative this month immediately after the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar. The LTTE is considered to be responsible for the killing.

This is not the first time in recent weeks that Norway has blocked efforts to impose sanctions against the LTTE banned by several countries as a terrorist organisation, foreign diplomatic sources said.

The sources said that Norway had lobbied several members of the UN Security Council to tone down the resolution following the report by Secretary-General Kofi Annan urging the world body to take firm action against the LTTE and some 20 other groups for abducting and recruiting child soldiers.

Kofi Annan had urged the Security Council earlier this year to impose travel bans, arms embargoes and financial restrictions on organisations such as the LTTE for using child soldiers, now declared a war crime.

But Nordic pressure is reported to have stayed the hand of the Security Council two months ago. It came up with a highly watered down version that would not impose immediate sanctions as called for in the Annan report, the diplomatic sources said.

With Sri Lanka’s new rallying call to the international community to act against the LTTE, Norway has again become the diplomatic voice of the Tiger who it has nurtured over the years against Sri Lanka, a fellow member of the UN.

Norwegian diplomats have begun contacting European capitals to stop them taking any action against the Tigers.

Foreign diplomats say that Oslo is presenting a case against concerted or individual action saying the LTTE should be given time to enter the democratic mainstream.

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