Sri Lanka Marxists march against peace broker Norway

Hundreds of Marxist party activists protested against peace-broker Norway here Monday after Sri Lanka’s foreign minister questioned Oslo’s impartiality in the peace process with Tamil rebels. Hundreds of Marxist party activists protested against peace-broker Norway here Monday after Sri Lanka’s foreign minister questioned Oslo’s impartiality in the peace process with Tamil rebels. The marchers, led by the Marxist JVP or People’s Liberation Front, held up traffic at for hours at Lipton Circus and tried to march to the nearby Norwegian embassy but were blocked by heavily armed police and dispersed peacefully.

The demonstration follows remarks by Sri Lanka’s foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar in the Sunday Island newspaper questioning Norway’s impartiality in the peace process.

“I have always raised it with them (Norwegians), in the form of putting to them that the perception of impartiality was very important,” the minister told the newspaper. “That is a question they ought to address.”

Norway arranged a ceasefire between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in February 2002 which led to six rounds of peace talks that were suspended in April 2003.