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Refugees, not Tamil Tigers - Norway

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The Norwegian embassy issuing a press release today stated that the translation and representation of the article titled “Norway helps refugees leave Sri Lanka.” published by  the Norwegian paper 'Aftenposten' in the local media contain some inaccuracies, such as referring to the refugees as members of the LTTE.


The full statement -

Several news media in Sri Lanka have carried a story originating in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten titled “Norway helps refugees leave Sri Lanka.” The Norwegian embassy notes that the translation and representation of the article in local media contain some inaccuracies, such as referring to the refugees as members of the LTTE.

The Norwegian embassy is not at liberty to discuss individual cases; nonetheless, the following observations should be made:
Applications for asylum in Norway are subject to strict rules. The cases are carefully examined to see if they qualify under the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.

It is not correct that the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo has secretly been helping 12 LTTE cadres out of the country, as reported by Sri Lankan media.

What is correct is that the Norwegian Embassy has assisted a limited number of people by processing their applications for asylum or other grounds for residency in Norway. This was done in accordance with international and Norwegian law, as well as with specific regulations from the Norwegian Ministry of Justice for such involvement of embassies on an exceptional basis. For this group of people, the embassy has not purchased tickets, nor has diplomatic staff escorted them to the airport. To the best of our knowledge, the embassy did not assist any LTTE-cadres.

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  • ram Sunday, 15 May 2011 07:29 AM

    How many local media will publish this denial .

    misunderstood Sunday, 15 May 2011 07:37 AM

    i am sure the Norway Embassy can elaborate what measures they took to ensure those refugees had no involvement to LTTE.

    Nilantha Sunday, 15 May 2011 07:41 AM

    Sri Lankan's would like to know the names of those individuals who helped by the Norwegian embassy in Sri Lanka..

    Apu Sunday, 15 May 2011 07:57 AM

    As the Embassy says in it´s statement; it is not at liberty to discuss individual cases. And really it is none of your or anyone elses business!

    Apu Sunday, 15 May 2011 08:09 AM

    Why not cancell acces to these media sites for publishing erronous reports, like what happened to Lanka enews?

    dias Sunday, 15 May 2011 08:32 AM

    You think Norwegian Embassy had done some goog things to sri lanka no, we know how they suppotered the LTTE in tha past and that also staying in our country

    lal Sunday, 15 May 2011 08:47 AM

    Norway must give names and dates of the individuals they assisted to migrate. Norway must respect the Sri Lanka's laws.

    AJ - DXB Sunday, 15 May 2011 09:09 AM

    While we Sri Lankans cannot identify the refugees from LTTE, the Norvegians in Colombo embassy were able to identify? Stupid joke

    shan Sunday, 15 May 2011 09:53 AM

    One of the big tiger got the minister post so, why ..........

    perera Sunday, 15 May 2011 09:54 AM

    of cource they are refugees.
    and hitler was a pacifist

    Chathu05 Sunday, 15 May 2011 10:15 AM

    Not terrorists ????
    Joke of the DAY !!!
    Norwegians will see the results of what they have done in less than ten years by now.

    ram Sunday, 15 May 2011 10:29 AM

    Dear readers, please mind your comments, even K.P, very big man in the LTTE is now not declared VIP/Minister here, what about those small chaps. Please be neutral on all issues.

    S.Sriranjan Sunday, 15 May 2011 11:02 AM

    Mr.Misunderstood understands Tamils as LTTE.This mentality should change for the dawn of the United Srilanka!!!

    AJ - DXB Sunday, 15 May 2011 11:54 AM

    I agree, Sri Lankan foreign ministry should press the Norvegians to release the identities of those individuals who were granted visa.

    milliband Monday, 16 May 2011 06:28 AM

    They can take all the people who like to go. I don`t think SL government raise any objection.

    SL Sunday, 15 May 2011 12:49 PM

    He has denounced LTTE ideology. Did those LTTErs did that?

    SL Sunday, 15 May 2011 12:55 PM

    "To the best of our knowledge, the embassy did not assist any LTTE-cadres."

    Yeah that is very believable.

    SL Sunday, 15 May 2011 01:01 PM

    For your convenience, LTTE becomes Tamil civilians. And FYI, Sri Lanka will be a Unitary!!!

    UK Tamil Boy Sunday, 15 May 2011 01:48 PM

    Did you know that in the world , when we say tamil , people then say tamil tigers. we are proud.

    Suren Soysa Sunday, 15 May 2011 01:51 PM

    All Norwegians must remember firmly that all Sri Lankans are no stupids or idiots like the Norwegians to accept embassy's cock & bull stories. Norway is a well known LTTE terrorist Base.

    AKALYIA Monday, 16 May 2011 07:52 AM

    All are just barking on this column.

    mahesh Sunday, 15 May 2011 02:38 PM

    Tamil tiger is the zenith of terrorism, You are now head quartered in London at the service of the HMG , divide and conquer, your mission is to under mine India.
    you have reasons to be proud of . Terrorists.

    mahesh Sunday, 15 May 2011 02:40 PM

    go to you tube search for Norwegian Ambassador in Srilanka.
    you will watch , listen to conversations between Prabakan and Norwegian man in Colombo.

    Dakuna Monday, 16 May 2011 08:03 AM

    Oh! yeah!!

    Palitha Monday, 16 May 2011 07:50 AM

    Why only 12?

    mahesh Sunday, 15 May 2011 03:04 PM

    Srilanka should kick out Norwegian Ambasador, declare him -Persona non grata -.

    Norwegian embassy email address is emb.colombo@norad.no.
    send your sentiments to the ambasador.

    meranchi Tuesday, 17 May 2011 03:07 AM

    when they said tamil tiger they said freedom fighter against to loyal government

    Ratne Sunday, 15 May 2011 07:37 PM

    Very Funny.. So Norwegian embassy had the LTTE database to check they are not LTTE terrorists

    Guru Sunday, 15 May 2011 10:29 PM

    Norway, you shouldn't worry at all, because, the Sinhala people are very poor in English.

    garry shan Sunday, 15 May 2011 10:21 PM

    most of the ltte leaders are dead, next on the lines got freedom pass from the GOV ( karuna, kp etc ).Then who save the ltte NORWAY or SL.

    Kapilavastu Tuesday, 17 May 2011 04:19 AM

    Refugees, not Tamil Tigers - Norway

    HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAAA HAAAAAA HAAAAA

    Jeffrees Sunday, 15 May 2011 11:57 PM

    Why should LTTE try to escape?? VP would have killed them. Even if Norway helping LTTE to escape, Norway is doing Sri Lanka a favour.
    Sri Lanka is better off without the LTTE and also the Tamil Refugees whom we have to Rehabilitate.
    So why mourn?

    Jason Monday, 16 May 2011 03:40 AM

    sour grapes guru?


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