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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2426

Dr. Jayalath Jayawardana denies meeting LTTErs in London

Colombo, 22 April, (Asiantribune.com): Dr. Jayalath Jayawardana, one of the leading UNP leader says that he was on a private tour to London and there he was met with both by his Sinhala as well as Tamil friends, who are Sri Lankans. He further writes in a statement released to Asian Tribune that he has given interviews to several media institutions including the BBC World Service. Dr. Jayalath Jayawardana: “There has been a malicious attempt to label me as a LTTE spy and a link between the UNP and the LTTE since 1994, but all these attempts have failed."Dr. Jayalath Jayawardana: “There has been a malicious attempt to label me as a LTTE spy and a link between the UNP and the LTTE since 1994, but all these attempts have failed."

According to his statement to Asian Tribune, “There has been a malicious attempt to label me as a LTTE spy and a link between the UNP and the LTTE since 1994, but all these attempts have failed." He further stated, “I don’t associate with people according to their ethnicity or religion.”

UNP stalwart denies that he did not go to London with Mr. V Gopalaswamy. But he has confessed, “But I met Mr. V Gopalaswamy in Oslo, Norway when I attended the International Conference titled, “Peace and Reconciliation in Southeast Asia.”

“Myself, Mr V Gopalaswamy, Rt Rev Dr Maddoluwawa Sob itha Nayake Thero, Rt Rev Dr Brahmanawatte Seevali Nayake Thero, Dr Rajiva Wijesinghe, Secretary General of the Peace Secretariat of the Government of Sri Lanka and Mr. Arumugam Thondaman were at the same platform at this conference, states Dr. Jayalath Jayawardana .

He further states, “I strongly feel that in a civilized society, we should agree even to disagree and that we should arrive at a negotiated settlement to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, which has to be accepted by all communities of Sri Lanka within one country.”

The UNP leader Dr. Jayalath Jayawardana also in his statement said, “I wish to draw your attention to the news item which appeared in the Asian Tribune on 18th April, 2008 under the title, “Pro-LTTE MDMK leader Gopalaswamy and UNP’s Dr Jayalath Jayawardana, was picked up from the London Heathrow airport by the LTTE UK Branch and has had meetings with the leaders of the LTTE in London. While denying the news report, he has categorized the Asian Tribune news as “false and malicious news.”

Dr. Jayalath Jayawardana said in conclusion “In spite of the false and malicious allegations against me I will continue to work for my country and for my people who have elected me, especially to find an everlasting political settlement to the ethnic crisis in our country. I am always willing to face any investigations under the law of Sri Lanka in relation to any of my civil, political and personal activities.”

Editor, Asian Tribune : Though we publish the denial of Dr. Jayalath Jayawardana, our Correspondent in London maintains that what he reported to the Asian Tribune was correct. Our correspondent adds that Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in London are in fact Tamils and they are of Sri Lankan origin and may be at present holding British nationality.

- Asian Tribune -

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