The Sunday Leader

Norway Stands By Decision

By Easwaran Rutnam

The Norwegian Ambassador in Colombo says the decision to terminate the agreement with the Foundation for Co-existence headed by Kumar Rupasinghe was done in accordance with the termination clauses in the agreement relating to non-fulfillment of the recipient’s obligations.

Colombo Additional District Judge Amali Ranaweera had recently ruled that the Foundation for Co-Existence can proceed with a case to sue the former Norwegian Ambassador, Hilde Haraldstad and other Norwegian officials for Rs. 98.5 million for failing to honor the 2008 agreement.

“We have received a translation of the court order which we are now carefully studying. Norway’s position has always been that Sri Lanka should comply with well-established international rules on immunity, including those contained in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic relations to which also Sri Lanka is a party. Diplomats and state officials from Sri Lanka are enjoying the same privileges when serving for their government,” Norwegian Ambassador Grete Løchen said.

Norwegian authorities had earlier dismissed the lawsuit saying that diplomats could not be sued because they had immunity.

However the Colombo Additional District Judge had dismissed the immunity claim and allowed the NGO to proceed with the case.

1 Comment for “Norway Stands By Decision”

  1. suren soysa

    For decades Norway thought Sri Lanka was under a Nordic regime! That’s how they boosted the LTTE to the Heavens & took the ruthless Tamil terrorists round the world. Can Diplomats indulge in terrorism & claim immunity? This is not Vienna Convention but Ranil W’s convention during his two year rule where both parties suckled the LTTE day & night!

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