The name of a Tamil resident of Tamil Vestlan in Norway is being mentioned as a possible new leader of the LTTE, the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten reported yesterday.
The Sri Lankan government has said if the news was true it would request Norway to arrest him and hand him over to Sri Lanka.
The LTTE has been listed as a terrorist organization in the European Union, Unites States, India and several other countries, but not in Norway.
Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona said he was shocked to hear that a resident of Tamil Vestlan was now mentioned by a number of sources as a leading contender for the leadership of the LTTE.
LTTE is a terrorist organization that is banned by most of the world`s democracies. Then it is extraordinary to hear that one of the potential leaders can move freely in a country like Norway, Dr. Kohona told the Aftenposten.
He said that he would look into the matter, and contact the Norwegian authorities.
If it is true, we will of course require that he handed over to Sri Lanka, Dr. Kohona said and added that other countries had cooperated in efforts to nab the remaining LTTE cadres.
Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP the self proclaimed new leader of the LTTE was last week arrested in an East Asian country and handed over to Sri Lanka.
I can say that he and other leaders have already given us plenty of information, Dr. Kohona said.