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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

Solheim - a partner in LTTE crimes

[b]Solheim - a partner in LTTE crimes[/b]

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

[b]Part II [/b]

Erik Solheim is not a babe who has just lost his milk teeth. In his own biography he confesses to having chewed quite a bit of flesh in his own Viking style. He is seasoned enough to know what he is doing. In Sri Lanka he knows that he has to choose between the declared principles of his own government (along with its obligations to international humanitarian laws) and his commitment to save the skin of his friend Anton Balasingham and his boss Prabhakaran.

As the record shows, at every critical moment he uses his position to save the skin of the LTTE, run by war criminals, according to the latest Amnesty International report of February 3, 2006, titled "A Culture of Fear". On the basis of the international law known to both Solheim and the Royal Norwegian government they should not be sitting in Geneva pretending to talk peace but facing a criminal court in The Hague. But if the LTTE leaders are indicted before the International Court of Justice Solheim loses his high profile in Norwegian politics and his job as a "facilitator" in Sri Lanka. So the best of his diplomatic maneuvers and energies have been focused on saving the LTTE.

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