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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Why Norway is passive in dealing with LTTE? .............

[b]Why Norway is passive in dealing with LTTE? - UN Secretary General asks[/b]

By Sugeswara Senadhira – Asian Tribune

[b]New York, 29 September, ( [/b]United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan questioned about Norway’s passive role as a facilitator while dealing with violent acts including political assassinations and abduction of youths by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). When Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen on Monday night had a meeting with the UN Secretary General at the UN headquarters in New York, Annan pointedly asked whether the Norwegian facilitators of the peace process have been too passive.

“As peace facilitator we do not have a mandate to take any of the parties by the scruff of the neck,” Petersen replied. However he added, “one should not attribute us tasks we do not have. However, we can warn against flirting with extremism.”

Replying to Annans queries on the peace process in Sri Lanka, Petersen said that he did not believe that there would be any progress in the deadlocked peace process until the November 17 presidential election. He said that the good news is that the cease-fire in Sri Lanka has held. But killings are still taking place, and it is difficult to picture any breakthrough in the peace process during the pre-election period we are in, the Norwegian Foreign Minister said.

“I am certain that my successor as foreign minister will continue working with this matter,” Minister said. As Petersen’s Conservative-led alliance lost the September 12 general elections, he will be replaced in the new cabinet of the next Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

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