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    Sri Lanka charges Norway with negligence for attack on embassy

    Colombo (PTI): Condemning the attack on its embassy in Oslo by suspected LTTE sympathisers, the Sri Lankan government on Monday charged the Norwegian government with "negligence" in providing security to its diplomatic mission in the country.

    Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona said it had been apprehensive of such an untoward incident following the recent demonstrations by LTTE supporters in the scandinavian nation.

    "As a host country, Norway has a legal obligation to protect the diplomatic missions. The negligence on the part of the Norwegian authorities in ensuring proper security to our mission can be gauged from the simple fact that the hooligans managed to reach it without any hindrance though it is located on the fifth floor," Mr. Kohona said.

    On Sunday, around 100 Tamil demonstrators tried to storm the Sri Lankan embassy in Oslo. Photographs of the attack showed broken windows and other damages in the mission.

    "It is a shocking incident and we are disappointed with the Norwegian government for not taking proper measures to protect a diplomatic mission right in its national capital.

    Luckily, no official in the mission was injured but the damage to the property is extensive," the Foreign Secretary said.


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