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Lanka denies buying UK MPs

2013 Dec 20

The Sri Lankan Government has denied allegations that it had bought over some British Parliamentarians to back the Government.

Making a statement in Parliament today, External Affairs Minister Professor G.L Peiris said that several British MPs had visited the country to see for themselves the actual ground situation in the country.

However he insisted that they were not bought over as alleged by the main opposition UNP but were only on a familiarisation tour similar to familiarisation tours undertaken by Sri Lankan MPs to London.

Speaking in Parliament yesterday UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera alleged that several British Parliamentarians, including those from the ruling Conservative party have been bought over by the Government.

He said that the Government has resorted to the move after failing to win them over. The UNP MP mentioned the names of some UK MPs he claimed have been bought over.

The UNP MP, a former Foreign Minister, also accused Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma of having a secret deal with the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government.

Samaraweera had also claimed that he had confidential information a VIP delegation from Israel was in Sri Lanka during the Commonwealth summit.

Reading out the details of the private flight in the which the Israeli delegation arrived in Sri Lanka, Samaraweera questioned the purpose of the visit.

Minister Peiris said the Israeli delegation was in Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth business forum and criticized the attempt by the UNP MP to mislead the House on the issue. (Colombo Gazette)

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