Posted on August 19th, 2009

By Walter Jayawardhana

A top secret report written to Norway’s Foreign Ministry by a country’s senior diplomat and leaked to the newspaper Aften Posten has severely attacked the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon for what is generally believed for not toeing the line of the West.

Among the many things he has been criticized of by the Norwegian diplomat and the country’s ambassador to the UN Mona Juul is how the Secretary General reacted to the military operations against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam terrorist group.

Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine publishing a report on the leaked documents of Norway said, “Another example of Ban’s weakness was the war in Sri Lanka, Juul wrote, where the secretary-general could only stand by as thousands lost their lives and were driven from their homes. “The authorities in Colombo refused to receive the secretary-general during military operations. But he was invited “”‚ and accepted an invitation “”‚ as soon as the war had been “ƒ”¹…”won’,” Juul noted. The Norwegian diplomat “”‚ who is married to Terje Roed Larsen, a Norwegian and senior UN official who has worked closely with Ban on several missions in the recent past “”‚ added that the secretary-general lacks “moral authority.”

Western nations including Britain and France, in contrast, made a last minute effort to stop the mission against the terrorist group the LTTE. LTTE later revealed they trusted on the Western nations to save the life of Velupillai Prabhakaran who died on May 18 in the military operation.

Norway was the broker of a highly controversial peace accord between Sri Lanka’s former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and the LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran. It was known to be drafted by Prabhakaran’s chief advisor, the late Anton Balasingham, who was a close personal friend of Eric Solhiem of Norway who played a major role in the peace accord.

The peace accord, that came to be very controversial , was accused of being very partial to the LTTE and became very unsuccessful.

The present government of Sri Lanka under President Mahinda Rajapaksa abrogated the peace accord and crushed the LTTE in May this year.

Mona Juul said he had also displayed his weakness in the face of the global financial crisis, on environmental issues and the situation in Myanmar where opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been in detention for decades.

“Ban regularly throws a fit which even his most cool-headed and experienced collaborators have a problem in dealing with,” she wrote.

It has been speculated that due to the attack Ban’s trip to Norway scheduled August 31 might be cancelled

The trip to various scientific research stations and retreating glaciers as a preparation for a climate summit in Septmber has been planned as a prelude to a global treaty in Copenhagen in December.

South Korean Ban became U.N. leader in January 2007. Roed-Larsen is his special envoy for implementation of a 2004 Security Council resolution on Syria and Lebanon.

The latest LTTE leader , after the arrest of Kumaran Pathmanadan, called Nadevan is safely living in Norway. LTTE is a banned terrorist group in the European Union. Norway is not a member of the EU and the LTTE is not a banned terrorist group there.


  1. cassandra Says:

    So, the Norwegian ambassador to the UN does not approve of how the UN Secretary General handled himself in relation to Sri Lanka and her recent actions against the Tigers. Surprise!! Surprise!! Pity the UN Secretary General. He is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

    One can understand the frustration of the Norwegians with Mr Ban Ki Moon. They tried desperately to save the Tigers, even at the eleventh hour, and anyone who was not supportive of their plans would naturally not find favour with them. But what they forget – or choose to overlook – is that the UN Secretary General has a larger role than self appointed international peace brokers and has to conduct himself with greater responsibility and fairness than these busybodies.

    It would be better if countries like Norway, rather than criticising the UN Secretary General, actively supported the role of the UN and left it to the world body to help bring peace where it is needed – after all, that is properly the role of the UN.

    Countries like Norway may have an exaggerated opinion about themselves. They may imagine they can play the role of grand actors on the world stage, a role which is not rightfully theirs. The CFA they brokered between the Tigers and the SL Government was as much a failure as were the Oslo talks which were designed to bring peace to the Middle East.

    Perhaps, the Norwegians will now realise they are not as smart as they may have fancied themselves to be, accept their failures and move on, rather than trying to deflect attention from their own failures by attacking others.

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