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The peace that disappeared

Analysis: This week has shown that Norway's defeat in the peace process in Sri Lanka can be a victory for Tamils ​​and Sinhalese.

[new times] Monday 4. In December, something special happened in Sri Lanka: Norway's peacekeepers complied with the Sri Lankan government's failure to meet the Tamil Tigers (LTTE).

"We have been told not to visit the LTTE until there has been a government meeting," a Norwegian ambassador to the Indian newspaper The Hindu explained. On Wednesday, the Sri Lankan government had a meeting to decide the way forward against the terror-stamped guerrilla movement in the north.

The prestigious Norwegian-led peace process, which started with current Minister of Development Erik Solheim's visit to LTTE's headquarters in Vanni on the 31. October 2000, may thus seem at the end. Or rather, Sri Lanka is now at a crucial juncture, where Norway is getting less and less to say. The choice is between war, peace or a continuing state of war with peaceful rhetoric as a sham.

It was not just last week's suicide bombing attempt on Defense Minister Gotabhaya Rajapakse that killed three people, which was another nail in the coffin for recent years' peace process between Tamils. . .

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Dag Herbjørnsrud
Former editor of MODERN TIMES. Now head of the Center for Global and Comparative History of Ideas.

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