By Dr. Peter Gunasekera, National University ,Singapore
Somaweera Sirisinghe has missed the point made by Shyaman Jayasinghe.
latter pointed out that Norway came in because GOSL invited it and
leave if and when GOSL asks them to leave. Thus there is no point
protesting in Oslo. Norway will not pull out just because a handful
protestors hold a meeting there. If, however, a million go to the
Colombo, both Norway and the GOSL may move. That is the difference
The fact that different parties are letting Solheim and crowd stay
something to reckon in our assessment of Norway's role. I personally
Solheim etc are not behaving professionally enough. However, it is
GOSL to take everything into consideration and decide on whether they
remain. I do not agree that India would be better because that country
having longterm business goals with Lanka. Remember RAW playing a
role in the past? It might be like popping from the frying pan to
fire.When a country is in trouble it is difficult to find friends
It is better to examine the propositions that Shyaman has presented
attack him personally. I knew Shyamon in Sri Lanka.I first knew him
was serving as Special Commisoner Dehiwela-Mount Lavinia Municipal
to which position the then Minister Felix Dias Bandaranayake appointed
I was a member of the Ratepayers Associaiton which met him regularly.
served with distinction there and banished corruption in that institute.
his autobiography, "Pin Ethi Sarasavi Waramak Laddo" Sarachchandra
acknowledged Shyaman's unique contribution to Maname.
It is upto people like Mahindapala who attended the Oslo meeting to
your readers an impact evaluation of that effort.