Sunday, April 19, 2009

SL will not accept compensation for damage to mission in Oslo

The Sri Lanka government will not accept the Norwegian offer of compensating the government for damage caused by an attack on Sri Lankan Embassy in Oslo last Sunday by a group of pro-LTTE demonstrators.

"We will not be accepting the offer of compensation made by Norway," a senior foreign ministry official said on condition of anonymity. "We can meet the cost ourselves."

Officials in Colombo are also unhappy that the Norwegian Foreign Minister had not directly contacted his counterpart in Colombo to express regret over this attack.

In a news release last week, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Colombo said that Norway’s Foreign Minister "has personally conveyed his regrets through the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oslo."

"Given the fact that a Norwegian minister could talk to the chief of the LTTE’s political wing and police, Nadesan, on the telephone, what is the difficulty for Norway’s foreign minister to talk to our minister about this attack?’’ an official of the Colombo foreign office asked.

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