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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 80

Solheim spins excuses for the latest escalation of violence

[b]Solheim spins excuses for the latest escalation of violence by the LTTE[/b]

[b]Colombo, 13 April, ( [/b]The current escalation of the violence in the north and the east by the LTTE on the eve of the second round of talks in Geneva is seen by political observers as another failure of the Ceasefire Agreement brokered by Erik Solheim, the LTTE-friendly "facilitator".

At the first session of talks in Geneva held in February, Solheim was seen bending over backwards to appease the Tigers. He even upheld the position taken by Anton Balasingham that the recruitment of child soldiers was not in the Ceasefire Agreement. In siding Balasingham he ruled that both sides are free to recruit child soldiers, though this ruling is against the declared policies of the Norway and international law.

Norwegians Against Terrorism (NAT), a Norway based research centre, has pointed the finger at Norway for "opening the door" for the LTTE to carry on its violations of CFA and international law. It has documented the numerous instances where Norway has gone out of its way to back the LTTE, including fund raising in Norwegian territory and funding pro-LTTE websites and radio stations targeting Tamils in Norway and in Sri Lanka.

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