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Government slams US Embassy

2013 Sep 27

The government has accused the US Embassy in Colombo of pursuing a political agenda extremely detrimental to Sri Lanka’s interests.

A statement posted on the government information department website said that when the government is doing everything in its power to restore democracy following three decades of war, the US embassy is all out to undermine it.

The statement quoted Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as saying a US Embassy statement issued following the provincial council elections on Saturday had said that a process free of violence and intimidation in the Northern Province is required for greater civilian administration and to help further the reconciliation process four years after the war.

The statement had said that elections provided a starting point for that process, and democracy is not simply about elections, and more must be done to ensure that Sri Lankans of all communities can live with peace and dignity that they deserve.

The Defence Secretary has said he hadn’t ever come across an assertion which was as unfair as the one that democracy was not simply about elections.

“He has said that Sri Lanka is a multi-party country, and even at the height of the war, Sri Lanka conducted elections. He emphasized that it is nothing but unfair to blame the government merely because those in the South backed by the US Embassy cannot win elections at any level. Rajapaksa has said that some bankrupt political parties also echoed the assertions of the American Embassy,” the government statement said.

He further questioned whether America and some European countries whe criticized the 18th Amendment to the Constitution would dare to challenge the right of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s right to lead Germany for a third term having won overwhelmingly the recent German elections.

The Defence Secretary has also pointed out that the Western powers were silent when the LTTE and its proxies ordered Tamil speaking people to boycott the presidential election on Nov. 17, 2005, and the TNA would still have been a prisoner and a TNA-run provincial council would never have become a reality if LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran had survived the war.

The US Embassy in Colombo was not available for a comment when contacted by Colombo Gazette.

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