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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2954

British Mumbo Jumbo rejected: Des Brownes appointment draws sharp criticism - Sri Lanka is not a British colony

Colombo, 13 February, ( The announcement Des Brownes- Not welcomed in Sri LankaDes Brownes- Not welcomed in Sri Lankaof the appointment of a special envoy to Sri Lanka has drawn sharp criticism in Sri Lanka. The cross section of the Sri Lankan leadership dismissed it as a 'British Mumbo Jumbo' as rightly pointed out by the Asian Tribune. Sri Lankan leadership reminded that British Prime Minister should be told that Sri Lanka is no more the colony of Britian for him to dictates to the country from 10 Downing Street.

They said Sri Lanka, a sovereign Independent Nation and it should be treated accordingly.

In the meantime, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, as reported by the AFP news agency, said the government in the former British colony saw Browne's appointment as a unilateral move by London and decided not to accept him.

"It is tantamount to an intrusion into Sri Lanka's internal affairs and is disrespectful to the country's statehood," the minister told and warned that "there could be major repercussions" for relations with Britain.

He dubbed Britain's move "extremely unhelpful" but did not specify if any measures would be taken in retaliation.

"There are no further discussions with London on the matter," Bogollagama said, after the British Foreign Office has said talks were ongoing to resolve the dispute.

In the meantime when Asian Tribune contacted Dr. Palitha Kohona Secretary, Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and he said, "We are not aware of either of Des Browne’s appointment or of his coming. We are not been formally advised of his coming."

When asked do you like the British idea of having a Special Envoy at this movement? "I think it is curious at this stage," said Dr. Palitha Kohona.

- Asian Tribune -

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