Solheim interview: Indian Web Portal Clarifies

Indian News Web Portal Tehelka has published the following clarification today:

From the Tehelka Interview:

Do you believe a negotiated solution is possible, given the history of aborted agreements and failure of peace initiatives in the last five decades between the Sinhalese and the Tamils?

I sincerely believe in a negotiated political solution. The Norwegian government is committed to actively promoting peace and reconciliation internationally. We will continue to give priority to facilitating the peace process in Sri Lanka as long as the parties request our efforts and we see that we can play a constructive role. I hope that the parties gain mutual confidence to take the peace process forward.

There is clear pressure on President Mahinda Rajapakse from his allies, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and Jathika Hela Urumaya, not to concede even the most basic demands of Tamils. Both parties favour a solution within a unitary state structure, a departure from former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. With Rajapakse dependent on them for survival, how meaningful can talks be?

I cannot in my position as third party facilitator involve myself in political issues regarding internal dynamics on either side.

The distorted version:

Do you believe a negotiated solution is possible, given the history of aborted agreements and failure of peace initiatives in the last five decades between the Sinhalese and the Tamils?

I sincerely believe in a negotiated political solution. The Norwegian government is committed to actively promoting peace and reconciliation internationally. We will continue to give priority to facilitating the peace process in Sri Lanka as long as the parties request our efforts and we see that we can play a constructive role. I hope that the parties gain mutual confidence to take the peace process forward. There is clear pressure on President Mahinda Rajapakse from his allies, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and Jathika Hela Urumaya, not to concede even the most basic demands of Tamils. Both parties favour a solution within a unitary state structure, a departure from former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

With Rajapakse dependent on them for survival, how meaningful can talks be?

I cannot in my position as third party facilitator involve myself in political issues regarding internal dynamics on either side.

From the Tehelka Interview:

The Sri Lankan government’s proxy war against the LTTE through the Karuna group is said to be the main cause for the escalation in violence. Has the government given any assurance of disarming Karuna?

Both the government and the LTTE have reassured that they will do their utmost to stop violence.

The Lankan military has been harassing civilians, triggering an exodus of Tamil refugees to India. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission too has attested this.

The parties are committed to end the campaign of violence.

The distorted version:

The Sri Lankan government’s proxy war against the LTTE through the Karuna group is said to be the main cause for the escalation in violence. Has the government given any assurance of disarming Karuna?

Both the government and the LTTE have reassured that they will do their utmost to stop violence. The Lankan military has been harassing civilians, triggering an exodus of Tamil refugees to India. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission too has attested this. The parties are committed to end the campaign of violence.

Meanwhile, the LTTE has reportedly said it would participate in the second round of talks with the Sri Lankan government in Geneva scheduled for April 19-21 provided the Lankan government guaranteed ‘the safety’ and ‘safe passage’ of its negotiating team through the Colombo airport.

Related:
Interview in TamilWeek, Mar 27, 2006
New Norwegian Peace Envoy Hanssen – Bauer takes over – transCurrents
JVP reiterates firm ‘No” to Norway facilitation
Tehelka

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21 Comments

  1. It does not matter how you explain this to Shinhalese, they are not going to understand you. Don’t wast time on this. Otherwise they will stamp you, you are LTTE.

    Anyway thanks, for your The distorted version.

  2. It doesn’t matter how your explain to the LTTE terrorists, they will not give up the political killing, kidnappings, bombings, child abductions, rapes and murders until Prabhkaran is made the dictator of the Tamils.

  3. It doesn’t matter how your explain to the Srilankan Sinhala state terrorists, they will not give up the political killing, kidnappings, bombings, , rapes and murders until Sinhala thugs were chased away from Tamileelam.

  4. Eric Solheim’s part played in the interview is not a media playball to find the right and wrong versions instead the task of peace making in srilanka has given immence problems he would not have faced in his life time of problem solving. He must be wondering why at his young age he should have turned out to be an irritant to many sinhala srilankans and his country norway is rejected as a tiger haven. The norwegian money is palatable to sinhala srilankans and they would want it to flow in to repair the buddhist shrines and the likes but if a cent would go into helping tamils for whatever cause that too irritates them. They don’t want the white tigers to help the tamil cause in any way. But Solheim will emerge victorius in his pursuits and srilanka will finally give in to their decisions if they want the sinhala only Ratta.

  5. There is no peace because of LTTE terrorists and singhala supremacist groups like JHU.

    As a tamil, i really think LTTE are a terrorist group up to no good. but Singhalas are not doing any better with a solution.

    LTTE action in Jaffna university shows what LTTE wants to do for tamils.

    LTTE is basically helping singhalas indirectly to destsroy thamil nation, i am sure singhalas will keep supporting LTTE to kill more tamils and do a combined genocide on tamilians.

    LTTE , stop helping singhala extremists, stop killing your own people and stop messing with jaffna university. thanks!

  6. “It doesn’t matter how your explain to the Srilankan Sinhala state terrorists, they will not give up the political killing, kidnappings, bombings, , rapes and murders until Sinhala thugs were chased away from Tamileelam. ”

    ——-> yet another racist, you guys are as much as bad or as worst than singhalas.

    if u want to blame singhalas, fine, blame on them i support you, but try to do it in a morally superior way than doing it like a LTTE eight grade drop out thug!

    poda!

  7. Hey Kumar,
    can you show me the PhDs who work under 8th drop outs?. simply don’t jump and attack. If you have guts put your arguments to support ltte. by the way did u read the human rights watch report?. we can discuss if you wish.

  8. The vaddukoddai declaration is the birth place of tamil Eelam due to the sinhala oppression of violence perpetrated on ahimsa struggles. Tamils eventually took up arms and began the fight for freedom.Though there are many splinter groups among tamils most of them are paramilitary operatives who would want to live by the handsome paybacks given to them by the government. LTTE is the only group that is now fighting against the oppressor for the freedom of tamils. If prabhaharan and tamilchelvan have not studied beyond grade 8 it is a good proof that they had to make the formation of their battalions to fight the evil sinhala forces at their young age. They are real marters. DS Senanayake was prime minister with a grade 8 suggests that education level doesn’t make s strong leader,but dedication. For that matter freat american leaders like Abraham Lincoln was not a graduate but a dedicated God fearing Leader. God can use base things to get to the top and proud kings to become nothing.

  9. Why are you guys distorting the original interview?…
    Is your website intended for tamils run by anti-tamils and sinhalese?
    If so, don’t waste your time. We tamils got enough media to know the truth and see if you can do little to recover some brainwashed extreme sinhalese.

    Thank you

    “”Norwegian Minister of International Development Erik Solheim’s interview to Tehelka, published in the April 1, 2006 issue, has kicked up a storm. Several reports distorted the interview by misquoting Solheim with the alleged motive of undermining Norway’s role in the peace process in Sri Lanka.

    The maximum damage was done by a pro-Sinhala website, http://www.tamilweek.com, that reproduced parts of some questions posed by Tehelka as answers given by Solheim. In Sri Lanka, Sinhala chauvinists, including the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and Jathika Hela Urumaya, have been accusing Solheim of being pro-LTTE. The two parties want a solution to the ethnic problem within a unitary state structure.

    In view of the developments following the Tehelka interview with Solheim, and the consequent embarrassment to Norway, we are reproducing portions of the original interview, published in Tehelka, and the distorted interview, as carried by the pro-Sinhala website.””–Tehelha

  10. Hi Rajah,

    Thanks for asking me the question. Can you show me my posting now? It was removed. I think now you can understand what is going on.

    I want to show this because LTTE support point of view is NOT welcome here. All they want is just bashing the LTTE without giving any chance for discussion.

    I am sure this comment also will be removed, but find it somewhere in the cache.

    Reg,

    Kumar.

  11. Note to Shan:

    All news sites, wire services etc. say Tamil Net is “Pro-Rebel” site…its a propaganda site they say…nothing there is true…so if someone says something about a site it becomes true?

    If You had read what Tehelka said the original interview and their rebuttal you will see there is no distortion going on. The title given by Tehelka in the original interview itself sensational. They didnt change anything. Infact LTTE loves this Tehelka dance.

  12. Tamil society 15years back from others in sri lanka , due to LTTE terorost activity .

    They are not give up the political killing, kidnappings, bombings, , rapes and murders .

    now i really dont understand , why the educated tamils not standing front of society and explain them about th nasty LTTE .

    any one can see Jafna university Vice chan’r Matter , they more of the members selected prof. kool and LTTE Doesnt want him.

    tnx

  13. To the Tamils who have posted comments here:

    Its easy to sit in your comfy armchairs and bash the LTTE. Please take a few moments to think why the Tamils had to resort to violence. Neither the SL forces nor the LTTE is innocent when it comes to the tactics adopted in their fight against each other. This is war. Even the mighty USA does’n conform to international standards when it comes to war. This is evident both in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    The LTTE has worked sincerely towards peace in the last few years, however the SL government actions throught the CFA period has been to undermine the LTTE.

    The GOSL has scuttled the peace process by:

    Engineering the Karuna split (Read interviews by UNP MPs before elections)
    Arming the Karuna group
    Aiding the paramilitary groups to attck the LTTE
    Refusing to discuss the ISGA (doesn’t have to accept but discuss)
    Not implementing the PTOMS
    Going back on exploring federal solution as solution
    Sticking to the unitary constitution
    Setting conditions for allowing LTTE polital cadre to work in GOSL areas

    In the last four years if the GOSL had focused its energy on finding a durable solution with the LTTE instead of undermining the LTTE we would be half way down the road to peace.

    It is hurting to read an Indian website label a website run by Tamils ‘ProSinhala’. Let us all support the Tamil side and provide constructive criticism of their actions where necessary, enabling them to move in the right direction in getting the rights of Tamil people. Let us not gang up with the sinhala state and go on pointless LTTE bashing.

  14. Raj .

    you are having good understanding about LTTE , try to come to the real .

    better u send money to LTTE to send their kids to europe for study .

    u dont have problem because u r in london .

    think the poor tamils , u r the people helping this pundai LTTE

  15. Solheim, please carry on your good work regardless. The JVP & JHU are novice to politics, they will learn the hard way when they are kicked out at the next General Election, a barking dog never bites and all stray dogs bark at the moon, it can do nothing to the moon. Please keep up your good work for the sake of your country.

  16. Under Chandrika’s dynasty the SLG spent a lot of money in propaganda works overseas in tamil bashing and tiger bashing and these treacherous works are continuing under Rajapakse also. The name of the game is sinhalese are good and tamils and the tigers are bad. The RAW and all the CSIS and international intelligentia are in the support of SLG in the tamil bashing and LTTE bashing. The tamil diaspora who were forced out of the island in the fierce killings of the 83 and 90 periods are a shameful story of the sinhala killings that took place in srilanka. If the international community cannot see this truth and would think that tamils are not forced out of their residences lands and homes to seek refuge overseas it is just an eye wash that the international community are playing by the sinhala forces to ignore the tamil problems. Unless a strong arm of the foreign powers are seen in action srilanka government will continue to kill tamils. Urgent action by the international forces are needed to save the tamils if LTTE is not their choice. The sinhala government has only one agenda and that is to destry the tamils as many as possible.

  17. I feel sorry for Solheim because he is dealing with the third grade people in the world. It is shame for Sri Lankans.

  18. The latest killing–that of Vigneswaran in Trincomalee, shows once again, no hope from Sri Lanka. Do whatever Tamils need to do. In this process, Tamils also beware of those stooges like Karuna, Douglas, et al and their allies, who distort even the cold blooded murder by their allies of an innocent man.

    Peace talks? What talks? Once Sri Lanka is brought to its knees, we Tamils can focus on solving the issue of the LTTE’s human rights violations. The same people who did not tolerate Sinhala racist oppression will not tolerate the LTTE’s alleged oppression when the time is right.

  19. Mangala Samaraweera must be happy with the proscription of LTTE purported to have been instituted in Canada which has become a home for 3 LaKhs of tamils from srilanka who sought refuge after 83. Mangala is describing prabhaharan as not equivalent to Mandela or to be treated as freedom fighter but to be treated as a terrorist banned by India,america and now canada and many others. Why on earth is this man not banning this group in lanka and why is the government in talks with such an unwanted terrorist. The polls show a clear victor in prabhaharan as the undisputed leader of tamils as much as mangala as elected by his constituency of voters. If magala is a legitimate representative of the sinhala people why cant he live with tamils choosing prabhaharan with 90 percent tamil support. If he thinks that he can destroy prabhaharan and LTTE stop the talks and go to war with LTTE and see for yourself the end result of such a war. Mangala wants history repeated by an early war that he is intigating.

  20. Who is the President of Sri-Lanka? Is it Mahinda Rajapakse or Wimal Weerawansa? It looks like the peace mask worn by Mahinda is soon going to be pulled off him by Weerawamsa. Weerawansa is soon to be recognised as Dutugemunu of the present time and aspiring sinhala leader to save his country from being divided. But this Dutugemunu has not been to vanni to see for himself how another superb administration is being carried out by Prabhaharan the Tamil Leader. For that matter all the shouting communal minded sinhalese from the south of Sri-Lanka and from all the foreign countries like USA, Canada,UK and other nations would want to go and learn the beautiful set-up of vanni administrator. He is capable of becoming a great world leader beside vanni and that is a fact. The time has come for Mahinda to remove his false peace mask off him and show the real face as a tamil killer and join hands with Wimal Weerawansa and start the war before the Geneva 2 and towards that goal he wants to make Rajapakse to yeild to his sweet motherland saviour portrait which he is deligently painting. Mahinda why not give him a hand by taking off your peace mask and start the war immediately.The moment that happens you will become the twin brother of Weerawansa and end as destroyers of the sweet motherland dream that would lay as a waste land .

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