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ICE rewards Solheim with international position to lead development facilitation

[TamilNet, Saturday, 03 November 2012, 00:25 GMT]
The failed Norwegian peace facilitator Erik Solheim, who was recently removed from his ministerial portfolio by his party in Norway, has been rewarded by the International Community of Establishments (ICE) with an international position to lead the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation of Economic Corporation and Development (OECD), run by a group of leading developed countries in setting the agenda of development in developing countries.

Erik Solheim
Erik Solheim
The USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Scandinavian countries, Switzerland, New Zealand and South Korea, besides the Eruopean Union, are among the members of the OECD-DAC.

The World Bank, IMF and the UNDP have observer status in the 24-country DAC committee of the OECD, which is a leading donor group operating in the developing countries.

In his new position as leader of the DAC, Mr Erik Solheim will replace Mr Brian Atwood by the end of the year.

“I will extend hands to China”, Solheim was cited saying on his agenda by Nettavisen, a Norwegian online media on Wednesday.

“I am looking forward to become the spokesperson for the world's poor,” Solheim asserted adding that he would emphasize coupling development with environment.

Mr Solheim is widely criticised for his role in carrying out the agenda of the International Community of Establishments in allowing peace facilitation to end into the genocidal war and to continue into the structural genocide of Eezham Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka.

Solheim always dodged the issue of genocide, detracted those who make a case of it and argued that it only serves the Tamil Eelam cause.

Norway's investigation report on the failed peace in the island, released an year ago, found fault with the peace facilitators in not telling the truth to the world at a crucial time and in the way Norway handled the peace facilitation by coupling it with development.

Solheim's defence arguments ranged from painting a picture of a star-crossed war to placing the blame on the LTTE of Pirapaharan.

Solheim argued that he and the US Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake were left to face much of the brunt.

Mr Solheim was endorsed in most of his arguments by the former BBC journalist Ms Frances Harrison in her recent book, “Still Counting the Dead”. Solheim addressed the book launch in London last month.


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