SRI LANKA ‘DEEPLY REGRETS’ COMMENTS BY ERIC SOLHEIM AND DOUBTS ABOUT HIS IMPARTIALITY DURING THE PEACE PROCESS
Posted on August 29th, 2009

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sri Lanka government deeply regrets the baseless comments and is perturbed by such statements being made by the Norwegian Minister against a friendly government, said a release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs protesting against a statement by Eric Solheim published in the Norwegian language Aften Posten.

 Eric Solheim had been commenting about the Channel 4 UK news item broadcast recently alleging extra judicial killings by the Sri Lanka Army.

 “The utterances of Minister Solheim have led the Government of Sri Lanka to reflect on his possible partisanship in the facilitatory role,” said the strongly worded statement by Sri Lanka referring to the role played by him in the Norwegian brokered peace accord that became highly unsuccessful.

 The Channel 4, that has been broadcasting a series of items like women in IDP camps being raped without substantiating them using unnamed sources in the most recent item cleared itself by stating that it is not sure of the authenticity of the video footage, and said it was submitted by a group calling itself “ƒ”¹…”Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka’. Channel 4 did not name the journalists.

 Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama told a Sri Lankan TV channel, “”We are expecting an immediate response from the Royal Norwegian Government regarding this statement from one of its Ministers,” The following is the full statement issued by the government.

 “The Government of Sri Lanka refers to the comments made by the Minister of Environment & International Development of the Norwegian Government, Erik Solheim, published in the “ƒ”¹…”Aftenposten’ newspaper website of 28 August 2009.

 “The Sri Lanka government deeply regrets the baseless comments contained therein and is perturbed by such statements being made by the Norwegian Minister against a friendly government.

 “It is unbecoming of Minister Solheim to attribute blame on alleged atrocities, contained in an unsubstantiated video footage, without any recourse to an exchange of views and total disregard to the position of the Government of Sri Lanka on the issues in question.

 “The criticism by him of a democratically elected Head of State, who is carrying out a vibrant agenda to safeguard the rights of the people of Sri Lanka, while having eliminated the scourge of terrorism, is unacceptable. It would be recalled that Norwaycontinued its facilitatory role in the then peace process, even after the election of His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The utterances of Minister Solheim have led the Government of Sri Lanka to reflect on his possible partisanship in the facilitatory role.

 “The Government of Sri Lanka hopes that a formal response would be received from the Norwegian Government with regard to the attributed comments by a Minister of that Government.”

One Response to “SRI LANKA ‘DEEPLY REGRETS’ COMMENTS BY ERIC SOLHEIM AND DOUBTS ABOUT HIS IMPARTIALITY DURING THE PEACE PROCESS”

  1. Sri Rohana Says:

    Eric Solheim is a double actor.As a NATO member Norway gave fullest support to invade Afganistan and slaughter Afgan men, women and children millions and another several millions chased from their country and now live as a polical refugees(not like Tamil economic refugees).This is second biggest war crimes and genocide in the century after Vietnam.In addition to it Eric Solheims Anglo American masters slaughtered 1.3 million Iraqi’s and several thousand civilians chased away from their homeland.This cruelty is none second to 1936-45 British,German,French,American, Italian,Canadian,Australian, and Japanese babarian killing fields,WMD,concentration camps,Bomb in civilian targets etc.For the Iraq,Afgan human slaughters and invasions Eric Solheim act as a dumb ass.He never ever utter a word!!!
    We Sri Lankans and all over the world know that Eric Solheim is a Tamil Terrorist supporter and Norwegians had lot’s of hidden agendas to break Sri Lanka and eliminate Singhala nation from this world after create Tamil racist nazi state.This same ass now bray again after watch a video clip produced by Tamil terrorists media centre.Tamil media centre made not only one video clip they have made several hundred Eric Solheim.You guys know how much have funded to media work for tamil terrorists through various NGO’s(RedBarna,Norad,Ceynor).
    IF some one knows photo shop programme we can make thousands and thousands similar video clips about Iraq,Afganistan,Yugoslavia,Palastine etc.Eric if you don’t know ask from a Sri Lankan grade 6 kid he can teach you how to create a video clip.
    Eric Solheims so called reporters for democracy in Sri Lanka were all in the tamil terrorists (LTTE) pay list.Those traitors left Sri Lanka after exposed to public.Now they will have to dance according to Tamil music.How many members are in that so called RFDSL.Who are the office bearers?Who appointed them? Where it registered?Who is the audit firm?From where they get funds? etc. Can you answer Eric?
    Eric Solheim you are shame to ordinary Norwegians.For today I have to tell you one thing “you viking mind your own business dumb ass”.

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