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Sri Lanka is asking Norway to stop helping the Tigers

Sri Lankan authorities have, according to Sri Lankan media, asked Norway to halt the financial support of the Tamil tigers.

It has not gone unnoticed that Ny Tid wrote two weeks ago about Norway's million-dollar support for the terror-stamped Tamil Tigers (LTTE) who are fighting for an independent state in Sri Lanka.

A number of media outlets in Sri Lanka have referred to the news that Norwegian authorities have supported LTTE with NOK 17,5 million from 2002 to 2004.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, support for what is referred to as the Tamil Tigers' peace secretariat this year continues "at about the same level for the same purpose". By the end of the year, therefore, an estimated 25 million kroner will have been paid to the organization led by V. Prabhakaran, wanted by Interpol for "murder, organized crime and terrorism".

Many have approached Ny Tid in recent weeks and wondered why Norway supports a terrorist organization. Even foreign embassies in Norway have contacted Ny Tid and expressed their surprise at this.

Now it looks like the authorities in Sri Lanka are also taking action in relation to the Norwegian support. According to an article in the Sri Lankan online newspaper ColomboPage earlier this week, "informed sources" are quoted as saying that the Sri Lankan authorities have decided to ask Norway to stop aid to the LTTE.

No comment from the Foreign Ministry

Ny Tid's attempt to get a confirmation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on this, resulted in the following e-mail from the acting head of information at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Odd Naustdal:

"Regarding this inquiry, please contact the Sri Lankan authorities. It would be wrong for Norway to comment on the parties' communication. . .

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