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Sri Lankan reports incorrect - Norway
 
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Norway said 'for the best of thier knowledge' no LTTE cardres were assisted
Reference to refugees as members of LTTE in Sri Lankan media is incorrect says Norway.

Rejecting the allegation that the embassy secretly helped members of the LTTE to leave the country, a Norway Embassy press release on Sunday stated that "translation and representation of the article in local media contain some inaccuracies such as referring to the refugees as members of the LTTE".

The Norwegian newspaper ‘Aftenposten’ report on the 13th May titled “Norway to help refugees from Sri Lanka" stated that around 12 people come to Norway with help from the Norwegian authorities. One of them worked as a doctor in northern Sri Lanka.

 translation and representation of the article in local media contain some inaccuracies such as referring to the refugees as members of the LTTE
 
Norwegian Embassy in SL

According to Aftenposten, the embassy staff purchased the air tickets, drove some of them to the airport, and issued visas at short notice both for emigrants and those who had 'already escaped from Sri Lanka'.

Sri Lankan media reports said Norwegian embassy personnel in Colombo have secretly aided Tamil rebels out of Sri Lanka and provided political asylum in Norway.

LTTE cadres were not assisted

The Embassy states that Sri Lankan media reports alleging Norway secretly helped 12 LTTE carders is incorrect.

However, "the Norwegian embassy assisted a limited number of people by processing their applications for asylum or other grounds for residency in Norway," it says.

The press release states that no LTTE cadres had ever been assisted 'to the best of their knowledge'.

The Embassy statement reads that the applications for asylum in Norway are subject to strict rules and the cases are carefully examined to see if they qualify under the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.

 
 
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