Norwegian aid group rejects allegations it supports Tamil rebels

Other News Materials 28 July 2008 22:24 (UTC +04:00)

A Norwegian aid group Monday rejected allegations that is has given trucks to Tamil rebels fighting the government of Sri Lanka, dpa reported.

Sri Lanka's Defence Ministry posted an article on its web site Sunday stating that Norwegian People's Aid had given trucks and other vehicles to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The article said the LTTE was using the vehicles "for its military operations in the North, and intends using them for disinformation activities, too."

Norwegian People's Aid secretary general Petter Eide rejected the allegations, saying "the trucks were stolen," Norwegian news agency NTB said.

"These allegations are just fabricated. The vehicles were stolen, taken by force," Eide added, saying the aid group had no interest in equipping the LTTE.

Norway in 2002 helped broker a ceasefire agreement that has since collapsed.