21 November, 2018

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The Various Norwegian Agencies That Supported BBS Personnel

By Rajiva Wijesinha –

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP

When I wrote some weeks back about the supposed Norwegian involvement with the Bodhu Bala Sena, I had not seen the clarification which the Norwegian Embassy had put on its website about the allegations. Having read it, I am more than ever convinced that the Norwegian government and its embassy have not behaved badly, but also that they, and also the Sri Lankan government, must go more carefully into the matter and check on what exactly has been going on. If they can do this together, so much the better, though I fear that neither side will have the correct skills and attitudes to ensure fruitful and productive cooperation.

The reason I believe investigation would be useful is because of two names I noticed in the official Norwegian statement. One is that of the Worldview International Foundation, which is essentially run by a gentleman called Arne Fjiatoff, who has been in Sri Lanka now for several decades. During this period he has been involved in a range of projects with various Sri Lankan governments, which are in theory designed to benefit the Sri Lankan people, but which have also brought considerable benefits to Arne himself.

I was introduced to him initially by Dilanthe Withanage, the other name I noticed in the statement. Dilanthe has now emerged as the lay spokesman for the BBS, though I knew him earlier in another very positive incarnation, as running computer programmes for the Ministry of Education when I was Adviser there on English. Though I took on the position mainly to reintroduce the English medium option, given the paucity of capacity there at the time, I ended up involved in many other initiatives, ranging from curriculum revision to primary English materials.

I had been appointed by Tara de Mel, who I still think was one of the best Secretaries of Education Sri Lanka has had. Her involvement with Arne however surprised me, for she did not seem to have realized that the project he had suggested through Dilanthe, and which I was asked to comment on, was expensive and not likely to prove productive. As always with such unsolicited projects, it included the purchase of a great deal of software, for which it seemed a loan would be available, though the terms did not seem especially favourable. And my suspicions were roused further when Arne referred to the benefits there might be for me, including travel to Norway and consultancy payments.

I realized then how he had been operating over the previous decades, given how easy it is to win the support of government officials through what is not strictly bribery, but rather the provision of what seem enormous benefits, given the joys and profits of foreign travel. Incidentally, it seems that that is what the Norwegian government did try to do with the monks it had taken to Norway, though the benefits conferred do not seem to have produced any positive results in that instance.

I was negative about the project and tried to keep my distance, though after Tara ceased to be Secretary she had me over to see Arne again about what seemed another far fetched scheme which also seems to have been forgotten. I should note that it is a pity government has not since 2005 tried to make use of Tara’s services since, though she was understandably loyal to President Kumaratunga who had entrusted her with major responsibilities, her abilities were unquestionable, and she would bring similar professionalism to bear in any other position. Given current problems with education, we cannot afford to ignore people of talent and ability.

Dilanthe I felt was the same, so I was glad to see him back in harness at the Presidential Secretariat in relation to I think the Trilingual Initiative. I also saw that he was associated with a website called Sithamu, for which I was asked to write, and which seemed to me to provide space for a range of interesting and constructive articles.

That had initially been a project of the Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration, and I believe it had received Norwegian funding through either the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF) or the Nordic International Foundation (NIS Foundation), both of which are mentioned in the Norwegian Embassy statement. What exactly was achieved through their support is not clear, except for the visit to Norway by Dilanthe and the monks, in connection with a Reconciliation Conference which does not seem to have had any productive outcome. The NIS Foundation is said to have then supported a reconciliation project, but what this was is not explained.

Earlier this year Sithamu suddenly stopped functioning, which seems a great pity. I was told that funding had run out, but I cannot understand why the Ministry and the Norwegians who funded it were not able to continue to provide support, since very little would have been required for a functioning website, with no payments required for contributors.

I believe it is important, given the worries caused recently by what seem BBS initiatives, for the Ministry and the Norwegian Embassy to look carefully into what has happened, and make details public. I should note that one of the ways in which Arne sold himself, I believe throughout his stay in Sri Lanka, but certainly at the time I met him, was by claiming that he had good connections with the Norwegian government and in particular Eric Solheim. I do not think it is only my own worries about Solheim and the generally destructive effect he has had on Sri Lanka that makes me think the Norwegian Embassy would do well to find out exactly what Arne’s role has been in promoting contacts between BBS personnel and Norway, and also in providing funding for any projects. Why the project stopped, and what happened to any remaining funds should also be looked into and disclosed.

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    See, the Norwegian Chapter is real.

    Tigers may be gone ,but the Supremo’s mentor Eric Solheim is continuing his mission.

    Didn’t the LTTE proxy Sambandan tell the media ” Leave the Muslims to me ” at the last Prez election?.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “See, the Norwegian Chapter is real.”

      Interesting.

      Since Gota is very close to BBS one wonders whether he is also working for the Norwegians. Who isn’t?

      What do you think?

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        thats right Native Vedda

        Sumansekera pls tell you ur reply to the above or will you keep silent as usual?

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        REF to the Daily Mirror interview with Gothabya for clarification . You will get a better understanding as regards BBS and Gothabaya

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      K A S
      What about a Rock Sauna bath for you, your bosses and
      “other provisions”
      of what seem enormous benefits, given the joys and profits of foreign travel As he said.

      Again With Sambandan PHOBIA with you and your drama directors clan.
      Sambanan the maha Kalu Dravidya did not ask 10% from any body .

      but our so called Sinhala Buddhists [ mind you, Not sinhela] ask for 10% from any foriogen contractors/ lenders.

      Norway is the country, Who did objections for the decleration of Universal WESAK HOLIDAY.

      So NOW, WHO ARE WOKING WITH THEM
      [To carryout Norway’s hidden agendas]
      ARE DOING BIG DAMAGE TO BUDDHISM.

      attaking from all the fronts is a good strategic of the secret service of norway gov,

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        Sumannasekera (Leela of Lee POtter) could be a gay man and has a crush on Sambandan thats why he always talks of him!

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    These ‘western democracies’ or ‘international community’ as they call themselves are capable of employing the most devious and devilish strategy gain their ends. After all the people who get hurt as a result are not their dear ones. Of course the ‘free media’ will do their part to whitewash their masters.

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    Good revealation

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      I have with interest read professor Rajiva Wijesinghe’s article about the SITAMU Project in Colombo Telegraph 3 July, and like him I regret the project could only last for one year.

      It was from the outset made very clear by the donor that the support was only for a limited periode of maximum one year, but in spite of several attempts, we did not succeed to keep it running for a longer time. The project has gone through the normal scrutiny with independent evaluation and audit of accounts, with positive comments. If professor Wijesinghe suspects that something is wrong, he should seek clarification from the donor.

      My meeting wth professor Wijesinghe at the Ministry of Education several years ago was very short. I am sure officials who came to know more abot the poject proposal to educate 1 million youth in English, will have a clearer memory than him of the budget, which was not based on high cost of software or hardware, but on scholarships and payments to teachers. There was no provision for travels abroad or expensive fees to consultants.

      Yangon, 3 July 2013

      Arne Fjortoft

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        ARNE Fjortoft

        Did you serv as secretary general of the organization
        Worldview International Foundation
        In wipedia there is a staessmant;

        It says; In 2003, Worldview International Foundation was at the center of a foreign aid fraud, considered by some to be the worst in Norwegian history.
        what is your answer to that.
        And you are asking from

        “If professor Wijesinghe suspects that something is wrong, he should seek clarification from the donor.

        My meeting wth professor Wijesinghe at the Ministry of Education several years ago was very short. I am sure officials who came to know more abot the poject proposal to educate 1 million youth in English, will have a clearer memory than him of the budget, which was not based on high cost of software or hardware, but on scholarships and payments to teachers. There was no provision for travels abroad or expensive fees to consultants.”

        If there were any fraud at the WIF WHO IS RESPONSIBLE???????.

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    Prof:

    You are saying that this Arnie Fjiatoff was helping BBS because it helps him and you elaborate on that. WHY ?

    You don’t know or you are hiding something ?

    You want Dilantha to get another position. WHY ?. You want to see BBS disintegrating for some reason ?

    For me, in here, You are very mysterious. You have another agenda.

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    You are saying that this Arnie Fjiatoff was helping BBS because it helps him and you did not elaborate on that. WHY ?

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    Dear Rajiva Wijesinghe,

    You Say or Claim:

    1.”And my suspicions were roused further when Arne referred to the benefits there might be for me, including travel to Norway and consultancy payment”

    2.”Incidentally, it seems that that is what the Norwegian government did try to do with the monks it had taken to Norway, though the benefits conferred do not seem to have produced any positive results in that instance.”

    3. “The NIS Foundation is said to have then supported a reconciliation project, but what this was is not explained.”

    I Hypothesize or SPECULATE, by Connecting the dots:

    1. Using BBS and Dragging the Muslims into conflict was;

    a) Western Christian Conspiracy, as Norway is usually used by the West for such underhand activities

    b) Dragging BBS and Supporting BBS was to drive a wedge between the Muslims and Buddhists, and Between Sri Lanka and the Muslim countries. The makes the Western Hegemony Western Plan, the New Great Game easy for them.

    c) See how Britain played the Great Game to dismantle the Ottoman Empire and occupy and colonized former Ottoman lands. They are still playing the Great Game today.

    d) It is to the advantage of Christian Fundamentalists, if they can get the racist Buddhist Monks to focus on Muslims, so that the Christians can continue their activities, convert the Sinhala Buddhists from Nirvana and Rebirth Myths to Original Sin, Heaven and Hell Myth believers.

    DeJa Vu…

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      JIMSFTY AND AMARASIRI;

      I ASKED FROM ARNE Fjortoft

      Did you serv as secretary general of the organization
      Worldview International Foundation
      In wipedia there is a staessmant;

      It says; In 2003, Worldview International Foundation was at the center of a foreign aid fraud, considered by some to be the worst in Norwegian history.
      what is your answer to that.
      And you are asking from

      “If professor Wijesinghe suspects that something is wrong, he should seek clarification from the donor.

      My meeting wth professor Wijesinghe at the Ministry of Education several years ago was very short. I am sure officials who came to know more abot the poject proposal to educate 1 million youth in English, will have a clearer memory than him of the budget, which was not based on high cost of software or hardware, but on scholarships and payments to teachers. There was no provision for travels abroad or expensive fees to consultants.”

      If there were any fraud at the WIF WHO IS RESPONSIBLE???????.

      What you have to say?????????:

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    The writer has good vision.It is the fact Norwegian could not accomplished through LTTE. It is disgrace and insult for them as proud euripian colonialist. Now they are trying to do the same through BBS. Being a inteligent defence secretary Gota could not understand this worries most of us. Monks never understand. Ultimately Norwegian will achive thier dirty goal if we give them a chance.

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      ” Being a inteligent defence secretary Gota could not understand”

      Oh yes, you are on the spot”.

      just think,

      Where There are ripen fruits on trees, all the flocks of bats fly to those trees.

      Norway, India, china spend millions of dollers to destabilize countries which are not towing with them.

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        He made intelligent by whom ? stupid folks and the stupid regime.. ? Else, a person who would have a brain the size of mustard seed would not call GR intelligenet ? If he is intelligent, why should bugger be one of key invitees by people^s disgrace-BBS ?

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      Are you crazy to say that Gota does not understand what is going on….

      Infact he is the Master mind behind the whole drama.

      Yes, it’s a known fact that Muslim families have more children than other races.

      Yes, it’s a known fact that Mislim countries produce 70% of world’s oil.

      Yes, it’s a known fact that Many Sri Lankan women work as house maids in Middle east.

      Yes, it’s a known fact that Rajapakse Family is the most rich and most corrupt in Sri Lanka’s history.

      Please read the following web….

      http://tamilseithi.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/family-tree-b.pdf

      Can anybody deny or prove wrong any of the writings in this web…….

      Yes, it’s a known fact that Rajapakses are funding and instigating Racist violance using BBS and also hiding behind BBS to cover and hide their Loot, while planning to Govern the country indifinetely using violent Buddhist Racist Fanatics BBS.

      These BBS fanatics also been funded by the same source that fund Osama Bin Laden, Al Quieda, Al Nusra, Wahabis, Salafis, Myanmar 969 and other religious fanatical terrorist organizations.

      Rajapakses are using BBS to safeguard them from prosecution, to safeguard their Power,to safeguard their families and their Loot and their political careers.

      Also Rajapakses may plan to share their power with BBS to take Sri Lanka on a Religious dictatorial Governing path.

      Please do comment if I am wrong.

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    Hey! Can I add something? This Arne Fjortoft seems to have been working through various people.
    Wasn’t his first contact the former Foreign Minister, A.C.S.Hameed?
    Didn’t Hameed hand it over to his brother Nhuman who was a DDC member?
    Didn’t Hameed later hand it over to Sarath Amunugama to please him and try to keep him out of Harispattuwa politics?
    Didn’t Amunugama at some stage defend the activities of the World View Foundation International?

    The answers to all the above questions is a BIG “YES.”

    Subsidiary Question?
    Wasn’t the World View Foundation International serve as a Milch Cow to all those concerned while it benefited Fjortoft immensely.

    Next Question:

    Did a Norwegian official who came for the Sri Lanka Aid Group meeting in Paris contact some Sri Lankans (Sinhalese and Tamils) who came for Minister Ronnie de Mel’s reception after the Aid Group meeting adjourned to one of the Sri Lankan houses and drank to his hearts content and spilled the beans about Fjortoft’s NGO and say how he was drawing funds from Norwegian state and other sources by using these big names in SL as his contact persons.

    Answer “Yes”

    Now the man has come round to use BBS after all.He is in Yangoon now.Is he working out a BBS anti-Islam project there too?

    Answer : Donot know.

    Can anyone contest these hard facts?
    Forjiyata enna kiyapiya – Mewata uttara denna kiya piya.

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    Arne F, Sri Lankana are intelligent enough to see through your hidden agenda. Yiu are to create trouble. You want to that minorities suffer through the actions of the Majorities. You rightly selected BBS. You are an agent of Mossad no doubt about. Please allow us to live in peace and the country. We have suffered enough for 30 years. Allow us to rebuild our communities and the country. Please, please go away to Norway.

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    Worldview International Foundation – Arne Fijotoff… Prof. Rajiva..
    Once again find ARNE FJOTOFT dabbling with BBS & SL affairs.
    GOD SAVED SRI LANKA ONCE & WILL THE ALMIGHTY SAVE SL AGAIN WITH BBS ASSOCIATION WITH “ARNE FJOTOFT”?

    Sri Lanka is back again backs to the wall with this NORWEGIAN connection of BBS. It appears, nobody ever understood the Norwegian connection in Sri Lanka.
    Prof. Rajiv has dropped the above name. He should know much more than what he states by diverting to Educational programs & Tara & Dilantha.

    [Edited out]

    No proof – CT

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    By 2003, the was a ruppee fund put in place by PM BONDEVIK for the use of Jon WESTBORG through a niche organisation created within the Norwegian Foreign Office which was not transparent and un accounted funds that could not be audited.

    I once again state the Gang of FOUR were BONDEVIK the Mastermind, Jon Westborg, Erik Solheim and Left Party Leader, ARNE FJOTOFT.

    He has established strong connections with Jaffna Tamil Catholics,the LTTE… (I do not know who else but those in the know call spill the names)………

    IS SRI LANKA FISHING ONCE AGAIN IN TROUBLE WATERS ??

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      Yeah, fishing in the troubled waters indeed! Troubling the Indian Ocian and fishing our island is something many are after! From the era of 2nd ww. India, China, Euorope and the US. Should we continue to be the modayas still ???????

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    Please can someone enlighten us why Myanmar awarded a telecom license to a company from Norway. There were many from the region bidding for this license. Is there a sinister plot here. Buddhists against Muslims in Myanmar and Buddhist against muslim in Sri Lanka. The bigger picture I think involves a country supporting Sri Lanka and Norway is been used to destabilise both nations so our friend will not have the influence in the future.

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    Budhist are fools, they believe soemthing Nirvana which is not there. So they get caught to Norway and make them a Demon Country of Jehowas Witness, though they claim Christians, but JW is Jews… that belive in illiminati the great Anti Christ. if there any christians come online with me I will explain what is Illuminati and Free masons. its Anti Christ

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