Lankan party seeks Norway's ouster
JVP says Norway is biased towards the LTTE, reports PK Balachandran.Updated: Mar 08, 2006 16:26 IST
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), an ally of the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has demanded the ouster of Norway from the role of facilitator of the peace process in the island.
Making a special statement in parliament on Tuesday, the JVP group leader Wimal Weerawansa said that Norway was patently biased towards the LTTE, and was trying to get the international community to accept the LTTE's concept of an independent "Tamil Eelam".
Demanding Norway's ouster from the role of peace facilitator, Weerawansa said the government should take the decision "however difficult it might be".
"According to the mandate given to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, there is no room for us to allow Norway to liquidate our motherland. Though we are late, we should make a decision right now, however difficult it is," he said.
Quoting a news report, Weerawansa said that Norway had given the LTTE delegation a red carpet welcome when it came to Oslo after the Geneva talks.
The Sri Lankan government and the LTTE held talks on the ceasefire agreement in Geneva on February 22 and 23, with Norway acting as the facilitator.
On the alleged red carpet welcome in Oslo, Weerawansa said: "This is a dangerous moment. Norway is jeopardising the sovereignty of Sri Lanka. There is no basis for Norway to give the LTTE delegation the status of state leaders."
"This is like a cricket umpire hosting a tea party for only one of the teams during the tea break," Weerawansa said.
First Published: Mar 08, 2006 16:26 IST