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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2766

Sri Lankan President Urges UK Delegation Not To Be Fooled By LTTE

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Asian Tribune Editor in Sri Lanka

Colombo, 06 May, (Asiantribune.com): President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa told a visiting cross-party Parliamentary Delegation from the United Kingdom , that they should not be misled by the false propaganda of the LTTE, and instead carry out a careful assessment of the actual situation in Sri Lanka.

The LTTE that was facing defeat was using the media to spread falsehoods about how Sri Lanka was treating Tamil civilians, to win a propaganda war when it was losing the actual battle with the Sri Lankan armed forces.

Parliament of the United Kingdom cross-party members MP Mr.Desmond Henry Browne  and  delegation call on  President Mahinda Rajapaksa at  Temple Trees on 05th May. Also seen in the picture Basil Rajapaksa – Senior Advisor to Sri Lanka President Parliament of the United Kingdom cross-party members MP Mr.Desmond Henry Browne and delegation call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on 05th May. Also seen in the picture Basil Rajapaksa – Senior Advisor to Sri Lanka President

Countries that had identified the LTTE as an international organization should be aware of its record of terror in assessing its new propaganda war against Sri Lanka, he said, adding that the nearly 200,000 Tamil civilians who had come over to government held areas despite many threats and dangers from the LTTE was the best proof of the LTTE’s record and practice of terror even today.

He urged them to travel to Vavuniya, for which arrangements had been made, to see for themselves the conditions of the Internally Displaced Persons ( IDPs) there, and the steps being taken to constantly improve their conditions.

The delegates were shown a large number of photographs of atrocities committed by the LTTE which showed the LTTE’s record of violence in the past three decades,, and especially how it shot at and carried out suicide bomb attacks on the Tamil civilians who had begun to flee the area where they were being held as hostages, as human shields.

President Rajapaksa said the Sri Lanka Government was ready to utilize aid given by friendly countries, who were keen on the defeat of terrorism in all its forms, for the rehabilitation and reconstruction work in the North, which is the next priority of the government.

He stressed that Sri Lanka remained firm in its commitment to democratic principles as the oldest representative democracy in Asia, and that he would not allow the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country to be threatened by any forces, and that he fully accepted the responsibility of liberating the Tamil people who were all citizens of Sri Lanka from the terror of the LTTE.Parliament of the United Kingdom cross-party members MP Mr.Desmond Henry Browne  and  delegation call on  President Mahinda Rajapaksa at  Temple Trees on 05th May.MP ,  Mr.Malcom Gray Bruce MP,  Mr.Edward Mc.Grady,MP  Mohammad Sarwar, MP, Mr.John Simon Bercow, Ms.Clair Elizabeth Tuhey, PA to Mr.Desmon Henry Browne, Mr.Mark Gooding, Act,High Commissioner-in Sri Lanka, Mr.William, Second Secretary ,British High Commission-Sri Lanka, Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, MP Senior Advisor to  to  the President Mr.Basil Rajapaksa , Secretary to President Mr. Lalith Weerathunga, Secretary  to Foreign affairs  Ministry Dr.Palitha Kohona  also participated on that occasion. (Pix Sudath Silva)Parliament of the United Kingdom cross-party members MP Mr.Desmond Henry Browne and delegation call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on 05th May.MP , Mr.Malcom Gray Bruce MP, Mr.Edward Mc.Grady,MP Mohammad Sarwar, MP, Mr.John Simon Bercow, Ms.Clair Elizabeth Tuhey, PA to Mr.Desmon Henry Browne, Mr.Mark Gooding, Act,High Commissioner-in Sri Lanka, Mr.William, Second Secretary ,British High Commission-Sri Lanka, Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, MP Senior Advisor to to the President Mr.Basil Rajapaksa , Secretary to President Mr. Lalith Weerathunga, Secretary to Foreign affairs Ministry Dr.Palitha Kohona also participated on that occasion. (Pix Sudath Silva)

The UK Parliamentary Delegation comprised Mr. Desmond Browne, Mr. Malcolm Gray Bruce, Mr. Mohamed Sarwar, Mr. Edward McGrady, Mr. John Simon Bercow, all MPs of the UK and Ms. Clair Elizabeth Tuhey, PA to Mr. Browne. The Acting UK High Commissioner Mr. Mark Gooding and Second Secretary, British High Commission Mr. D. L. Williams were also present.

The Sri Lanka delegation at the discussions, which covered a wide range of issues of terrorism, its eradication, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and the progress of human rights and democracy included Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe, Mr. Basil Rajapaksa MP, Senior Advisor to the President, Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary, Foreign Affairs and others from the relevant ministries.

After the meeting the UK Delegation visited the Rehabilitation Camp of the Internally Displaced Persons in Vavuniya.

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