Norwegian embassy personnel in Colombo have secretly aided Tamil rebels out of Sri Lanka and provided political asylum in Norway for years, a Norwegian newspaper reported.
Norwegian diplomatic staff in Sri Lankan helped approximately 12 people so far, purchasing flight tickets, driving some to the airport, and issuing visas at short notice both for emigrants and those who had already escaped from Sri Lanka, alleges Aftenposten.
Norwegian Opposition politicians call the move “quite unusual” and “bordering on activism”, fearing it will damage international relations between the two countries.
Head of research at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Iver B. Neumann, believes “it is a considerable violation of sovereignty as well as the basic principle of international politics.”
“It also undermines Norwegian interests because a small-sized country such as Norway benefits from transparency, rather than how this matter has been handled,” he says.
Meanwhile, Erik Solheim, Minister of International Development, defends the practice, saying there is a long tradition in Norway for helping people at risk.
Many other LTTE opposition members are in prison without trial, have gone underground, or simply disappeared since the bloody civil war ended two years ago.
“We occasionally go even further. Our role in this matter has been one facilitating the peace process, and we therefore believe we have a humanitarian obligation to assist. It is completely obvious Sri Lanka is a country where people are subjected to various forms of persecution. We are reasonably sure there were liquidations during the last stage of the civil war,” says the minister. (Source :theforeigner.no)
Mr. Ranil will appoint an another committee to investigate.
NOBEE PERERA Saturday, 14 May 2011 03:39 AM
NORWAY ALSO FIND PERSON LIKE RUDRA RAJARATHNAM VERY SOON. CREDIT CARDS FRAUDERS, DRUGS SMUGGLERS, BANK ROBBERS USING ILLEGAL COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY SAME AS WHAT RAJARATHNAM DID IN U.S.A
NOBEE PERERA Saturday, 14 May 2011 04:00 AM
TRUTH IS ALWAYS COMES OUT.
Sanath R Saturday, 14 May 2011 04:52 AM
Believe that this should be taken up at the highest diplomatic levels and lodge our strong protest against Norway.
Apu Saturday, 14 May 2011 05:00 AM
Sorry to say this goes not only for Sri Lankan Tamils, but for Sri Lankan Singhalese as well. Several cases of fraud in several European countries. And they cheat Sri Lankan country men as well... Sri Lankans has a very bad reputaion in these countries as a result.
nimal Saturday, 14 May 2011 05:09 AM
Our government shouldn't defeat LTTE after all It's more struggled by foreign policy....This is call " need politics to move on "
Uglytruth Saturday, 14 May 2011 05:25 AM
Dawal migel...re daniel
ASFAR Saturday, 14 May 2011 05:09 AM
LTTE chose the wrong friend who sent them to their graves. had they been a honorable peace broker we could have prevented the bloodshed and achieved peace long time before.
kanda Saturday, 14 May 2011 04:45 PM
this is just govt dillema to turn attention to something else from UN report!
kanda Saturday, 14 May 2011 04:47 PM
like war crime truth? Right!
KSM Saturday, 14 May 2011 05:45 PM
As someone said this is a well known secret. Wonder if our immigation authorities at the airport were sleeping while the LTTE fellows did the bolt to Norway.
GA Saturday, 14 May 2011 06:27 PM
Nothing new. Norway was always backing the LTTE. Remember the 60 inch flat screen TV donated to Eric S....?
ravi Saturday, 14 May 2011 02:53 AM
prba & pottu also send to Norway better to check..
Ranil Saturday, 14 May 2011 07:38 PM
We have no qualms believing the "biased foreign press" when it suits us. If the same source had published a report that criticized SL, we all know what kind of comments we'll be reading on this forum.
weerasuriya Sunday, 15 May 2011 01:19 AM
Mr. ranil will appoint an committee to investigate headed by another retired Civil servant who supported fore peace agreement.
meranchi Sunday, 15 May 2011 02:21 AM
every country knows west support for terries always not a beagle people government in Asia and Africa.......i
Such Sunday, 15 May 2011 04:55 AM
At least NOW cut diplomatic relations with Norway. They have infringed on our sovereignty. All this time it was an open secret, and now they've proved it. Do we REALLY need to keep ties with a terrorist state such as Norway? While we're at it, cant we send a whole boat load of em ltte terrorist their way and be done with it?
what? Sunday, 15 May 2011 11:42 AM
Ranil solheim accepted that they've helped ...so what
Don Sunday, 15 May 2011 01:11 PM
You say Gvt is so poweful to inluence the mideas in Norway.. What a joker u r. Some people in SL is mentally not well. They are extreemist
UK Tamil Boy Sunday, 15 May 2011 01:38 PM
we thought that the Norway government strongly supported the Sri lankan sinhaleses but now were very happy . Atleast norway helped the LTTE.
UK Tamil Boy Sunday, 15 May 2011 01:41 PM
MR/S. dias , If the Norwegian embassy will close, then who will feed sri lanka . THINK ABOUT IT!
Dulshan Sunday, 15 May 2011 02:05 PM
LTTE , LTTE, LTTE.... why dont the media and the politicians shut the hell up without giving life to the dead organisation
MANKALA Monday, 16 May 2011 12:02 AM
LTTE 90% SEPARATIST . 10% TERROTIST SO WE CALL FREEDOM FIGHTERS
Suren Soysa Friday, 13 May 2011 01:06 PM
Norway is a dangerous country on planet earth. Solheim & the like, they are all disguised Terrorists. Even the Norwegian embassy here should be shut down forthwith. Anyway even the stray dogs on streets know Solheim is a born terrorist who lives protecting himself by Democracy & HR. They must be thinking that we are idiots?
channa Friday, 13 May 2011 12:03 PM
cat out of the bag....Just proves all the allegations that the Norway was doing a double game.....
N.SETHURUPAN Friday, 13 May 2011 12:20 PM
Norwegian diplomatic staff helps Tamil Terrorists not refugees from Srilanka.
spark Friday, 13 May 2011 12:37 PM
Tomorrow's terrorist is yesterday's innocent child. He wouldn't be there tomorrow, if you did not create the circumstances today.
Jix Friday, 13 May 2011 12:37 PM
I thought this was common knowledge... Anyway, i suppose this information will be beneficial to the government now that its more or less an established fact
chan Friday, 13 May 2011 12:50 PM
This is a worning to opposision parties in Norway, they are recruting hit mens to be posted in your country since solheim knows what happened in sri lanka
MODARAJAH SEENIRUPAN Friday, 13 May 2011 12:33 PM
Send SLankan forces to invade Norway and remain there just like in the North and East of SL
Appu Friday, 13 May 2011 12:51 PM
Helping people at risk? Osama was at risk why didn't you help?
SL Friday, 13 May 2011 12:39 PM
Terrorism is not the answer.
ase Friday, 13 May 2011 12:56 PM
is this new? we knew it long long ago, not only norway, other europien countries too, talk to a asyl seeker in europa then you will know the simple truth, i am sure Sri Lankan authority knew and know this as well.
DUWI Friday, 13 May 2011 01:01 PM
And so ...... Wimal Weerawansa is proved correct, a la SUDHU KOTIYA.
What would Solhiem say if Sri Lanka helped Al Kaida terrorists to flee American forces in Afghanistan????
Jix Friday, 13 May 2011 12:45 PM
true... however it is also true if the innocent child was not manipulated, brainwashed and funded as they were to deal with the 'circumstances' so ruthlessly and violently, things would mostly likely be very different now...in a much better way for everyone concerned
NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Friday, 13 May 2011 12:14 PM
LTTE Terrorist are only in Norway.
Oyage sudu kella Friday, 13 May 2011 12:52 PM
Aiyo.... this was a very well known secret, man !!
dias Friday, 13 May 2011 01:22 PM
WE have to close the Norwegian embassy and send the culpits back home ,
patriot Friday, 13 May 2011 01:33 PM
Everyone knows ......
Srith Friday, 13 May 2011 02:33 PM
Did you try refugees visa in Norway
Vis8 Friday, 13 May 2011 02:45 PM
Norway can have these inferiority-ridden megalomaniacs. Why not let them establish eelam in Norway?
Ranjit Silva Friday, 13 May 2011 03:02 PM
Ranil is responsible for this. The cat is out of the bag. If he has a backbone he should resign.
Darwin Friday, 13 May 2011 03:45 PM
One man's food is another's poison.
nanabst Friday, 13 May 2011 03:54 PM
Norway say they helped LTTE members who are in danger, are they helped same way the people who are in danger because of LTTE inhuman acts? LTTE killers such as pistol gang killed many tamils (leave rest of us alone.), many tamil underage were trained as child combatent, any help from Nroway? or do they help only if you are a member of LTTE who wants to ran away to europe to collect funds to kick start another war?
Maliya Friday, 13 May 2011 04:06 PM
This is not news.. every one knows what there secret agenda was
Black Mamba Saturday, 14 May 2011 02:24 AM
It could come to that, Pal, not only to Norway but to Canada, Switzerland, Denmark, Holland, Australia and even South Africa and Germany, in that order!!!!
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