Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa alleges Norway funded LTTE

COLOMBO (TIP): Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa demanded that the Norwegian government must probe the funding of the LTTE during the island’s three-decade civil war, alleging that Norway financed the ethnic Tamil militant group.

“They gave money to the LTTE. The Norwegian government must investigate. We have evidence on how they funded the terrorists,” Rajapaksa said addressing a political gathering in the northwestern town of Kurunegala.

He specifically blamed former Norwegian minister and peace facilitator Erik Solheim for backing the LTTE.

“This man Solheim is now planning to give evidence against us in Geneva,” Rajapaksa said referring to the ongoing UN Human Rights Council’s investigation on war crimes committed by both the LTTE and government forces during the final phase of the civil war that ended in 2009.

Norway brokered peace between the government and the LTTE during the time of Rajapaksa’s predecessors.

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The Norwegian-backed peace initiative between 2000 and 2008 was branded as a betrayal of the island by nationalist groups who opposed the LTTE.

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