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Ban on the LTTE in the European Union and other countries was wrong – Erik Solheim

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:26 GMT, Jan 14, 2016 |
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Former Norwegian foreign minister Erik Solheim criticized the former foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar for spending his time to ban the LTTE in the European Union and other countries which was a hindrance to the peace in Sri Lanka.

Erik Solheim who was the main mediator for the truce between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE in 2002  said that Lakshman Kadirgamar spent so much of time travelling in Europe justifying the governments around the world to ban the LTTE.

“I still consider that as a wrong step”

Erik Solheim who is the chief of the Organization of Economic Corporation & Development (OECD) headquartered in Paris said by imposing the ban on LTTE the space had for Welupillai Pirabakan to coordinate with the world was impeded.

“What we should have done is the right opposite. When there were more links created with the LTTE leader to speak with more political leaders there would have been more opportunities for pressure him to come for a political settlement.” He added.