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Hundreds protest against Norway in Sri Lanka

The Local
The Local - [email protected] • 18 May, 2014 Updated Sun 18 May 2014 17:22 CEST
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Huundreds of government supporters marched on the Norwegian embassy in Columbo on Friday to denounce what they called Oslo's support for remnants of the Tamil Tiger rebels living abroad.

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Norway acted as peacebroker but failed to secure agreement from the parties to a peaceful end to the conflict. Sinhalese nationalists accuse it of supporting the rebels, a charge Oslo has repeatedly rejected.
 
The Sri Lankan government at the end of April sent out an alert over Interpol demanding that Norway's government arrest Perinpanayagam Sivaparan, an Oslo-based Tamil, claiming that he is the new leader of the militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
 
The 37-year conflict effectively ended on May 18, 2009, when troops killed the leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels, Velupillai Prabhakaran, in a brutal assault on the northern town of Mullaittivu.
 
Prabhakaran's Tigers, who were notorious for their suicide bombings, had fought for a separate homeland for Sri Lankan Tamils who account for just over 10 percent of the island's population.
 

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