The Sri Lankan government has strongly condemned the attack on its
embassy in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, by pro-Tamil demonstrators.
Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona said Norwegian authorities
had failed in their obligation to protect the diplomatic compound. Sri
Lankan officials urged Norway to take immediate steps to arrest and
prosecute the perpetrators.
In Oslo, police said pro-Tamil demonstrators stormed the Sri Lankan
embassy Sunday, smashing windows and office equipment. There were no
immediate reports of casualties, and no arrests were made.
Norway is involved in international mediation efforts to end the
conflict. It brokered the peace deal between Sri Lanka and the Tamil
rebels that was formally abandoned last year.
Tamil supporters have staged several peaceful protests in Europe in
recent weeks calling for an end to the violence in Sri Lanka.
On Saturday, nearly 100,000 people marched peacefully in London to
demand a cease-fire between Sri Lankan government forces and Tamil
The Tamil Tigers have fought since 1983 to create an independent
homeland for ethnic Tamils. More than 70,000 people have died in the