Erik Solheim travelled to Sri Lanka Monday 22, May 2000 with then-Undersecretary of State Raymond Johansen, among other things, to meet then Pesident Chandrika Kumaratunga. The Norwegian delegation was going to be in the country for three days.
“We assumed that the threat came from extreme Singhalese, said Solheim today, twelve years later.
He confirmed that he was briefed about the assassination plans. Police Security Service (PST), which at that time was named service, was made aware of the threat several days before Solheim travelled to Colombo. The tip came from people in Norway with knowledge of radical communities in Sri Lanka.
On Wednesday, 21-24. May 2000, the same day as Solheim left Sri Lanka, unknown perpetrators threw an explosive at the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo. Lankan government fails to comment on this issue