Norway on the way out in Sri Lanka?
[b]Norway on the way out in Sri Lanka?[/b]
By H. L. D. Mahindapala
International and national pressure is mounting to get Norway out of the peace process and to bring in United Nations as the go-between to restore peace and stability in Sri Lanka.
Media reported that the Norwegians diplomats are rattled by this new development. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has rung Kofi Anna directly and asked him to intervene as Norwegians are not taking the peace process anywhere. United Nations’ special envoy, Lakhdar Brahmi, is currently visiting Sri Lanka, in a fresh bid to start the stalled peace process.
India too is under increasing pressure to put their foot down and not be misled by Norway’s underhand deals with the LTTE. Bandula Jayawardena of The Island reported today that a leading analyst of Sri Lankan affairs, Professor V. Suryanarayan, who is also a Senior Professor and former Director Centre for South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Madras, has bluntly urged that “the leaders in New Delhi must wake up and neutralise the Sea Tigers and the Air wing of the LTTE. He said the time was right for India to do it.
"Time is up for the Kumbakarana’s of New Delhi to wake up. It is in India’s interest to neutralise the Sea Tigers and the LTTE Air wing. The greatest threat to India is the emergence of the Sea Tigers as a credible Navy. India should act now before it’s even too late. I really don’t know when the Kumbakarana’s in New Delhi would wake up," he said.