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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Norway to withdraw from peace monitoring?

[b]Norway to withdraw from peace monitoring?[/b]

[b]Colombo, 08 November, ([/b] News reports emerging from Norway reveals that the country is considering withdraw from its role as the monitor of the peace process in Sri Lanka. Norway, however, added that this will depend on the decision of both the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE.

Political observers agree that Norway is at last beginning to feel that it has bitten more than what it can chew. Norway's dual role as peace “facilitator" and "monitor" of the peace process have come in for severe criticism from the media, political parties and political observers both at home and abroad.

Ever since the 50-year-old Erik Solheim, currently the Minister for Development in the new Stoltenberg Government, crept in secretly in 1999, through the influence of the Tamil lobby, as the "facilitator" he has been accused of playing a partisan role by the Sri Lankan government as well the all political parties except the LTTE and the UNP which are allied closely to the Norwegian agenda of appeasing the LTTE.

From time to time, the Sri Lankan governments (not the UNP) has protested to the Norwegian government highlighting the biased role of Norway and accused it of not applying sufficient pressure on the LTTE to stop violating human rights and resuming peace talks.

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