United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap has reportedly shattered the political ambition of former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to become the next President of Sri Lanka.
The US envoy who is scheduled to leave Sri Lanka shortly after having completed his term of office in Sri Lanka is reported to have told Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the US and Other western nations do not welcome the prospects of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa contesting polls and becoming president and are opposed to such a move.
The outgoing Ambassador dropped this political bombshell when he made a courtesy call to bid farewell to ex-president Rajapaksa on Sunday June 10th 2018. Courtesy- dbsjeyaraj.com
Sharon Wednesday, 13 June 2018 10:10
So you decide on our President?
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Chirath Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:39
Yes they have a sole right because gotabaya is an American citizen. If he wants he should renounce his citizenship and then contest so then others don’t have a right over his presidency
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Jagath Leanage Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:40
Yes. How can US decide who is going to be next President? Its none of their business..
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Kamil Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:46
Very good lesson for Sri Lankan - They use BBS to screw Rajapaksha - who had " MODA JATHI ALE" - Thinking if LTTE is won it will be country only for Sinhala Majority and other should be second class citizen but went behind all the country to ask wepaons - Rajapaksha are big time back stabbers - back stabbed own citizen
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REAL MEANING Wednesday, 13 June 2018 16:18
What this statement really means is - US WILL NOT PERMIT ANY OF THEIR CITIZENS TO CONTEST AS A PRESIDENT FOR/IN ANOTHER COUNTRY (other than in their own) - THEY HAVE FULL RIGHT TO TAKE ANY ACTION IN THIS REGARD. - there is therefore. nothing for our patriots to find fault. and shout about.
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anu Saturday, 16 June 2018 18:05
SharonSorry you read only headline,artificial says Us and European does not like him become president.
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RD Wednesday, 13 June 2018 10:11
The US only welcome people like MS, Ranil, Wimal, etc to lead our country so they can control us.
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Huna Wednesday, 13 June 2018 13:17
Its either control or total destruction , hope you know what has happend to the countries who had leader that US and WEST didnt like
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Real Peace Wednesday, 13 June 2018 10:39
Yes, Lasantha was murdered during his tenure as Defense secretary and there are many questions unanswered questions. This murder alone stains his credibility badly.
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Nimal Friday, 15 June 2018 13:44
He has to be careful going to US as he could be charged for his activites in SL during the war.US could claim that he had violated HR or created a war crime or something absurd that is a threat to their national security.I would erge him to give up the US nationality.
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AshyD Wednesday, 13 June 2018 10:43
Thanks, United StatesWe can sigh a sense of relief.
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Shehan Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:47
Gota get a step forward. Forget dual citizenship, if you're genuinely loving SL.
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ANTON Wednesday, 13 June 2018 10:44
NOW GAMMANPILA MIGHT FILE A CASE AGAINST WESTERN COUNTRIES AND CHALLENGE THEM FOR A DEBATE.
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Jiff Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:02
so we just accept their verdict and elect someone like president sirisena again?
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Jaliya Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:17
Sirisena won't have a leg to stand on ... in 2020. He will be sitting on someone's lap sucking his thumb.
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Asanka Wednesday, 13 June 2018 10:46
Whether you oppose or not, do not welcome the prospects or not, we don't care. Nothing can trump the voice of the people.
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QUESTION MORE Wednesday, 13 June 2018 16:22
Will these "people with voices" ask GOTA why the hell he wants to be a US citizen if he loves our motherland so much
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Manithan Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:03
This is not welcome SL is a sovereign state and should be its president .
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Lankan Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:44
So, you want the country to be run by US citizen?
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JeffK Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:04
Sad thing is a large sub section of our own people will accept this order. That is the irreversible damage British did to their former colonies.
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Jaliya Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:21
have you got any good manners ? when someone gives a good advice listen and take it as in a friendly terms ... say thank you Ambassador ... for your service to sri lanka and the United States.
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Sam Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:55
Stop harping on about what happened hundreds of years ago. The world was a different place then and we would have done the same if the chance had presented itself. Concentrate to the here and now, think about the future and stop living in the past. There must come a point where we have to stop blaming everything on foreigners.
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DONALD DUCK Wednesday, 13 June 2018 16:26
"accept this order" - YES - this is an order to a US citizen that he will be put behind bars (in US) if he is to contest as a president for a country other than his own. (in this instance GOTA has alligences to US.:
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Nimmi Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:15
NEVER KNEW WE ARE UNDER THE USA RULE...ITS NEWS FOR ME TO LEARN THAT WE ARE COLONIZED BY THEM
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TONY Wednesday, 13 June 2018 13:21
NIMMI. UNDERSTAND THE POSITION. WE ARE NOT UNDER USA BUT GOTA IS AS HE IS A CITIZEN OF USA
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DONALD/KIM Wednesday, 13 June 2018 16:28
THEN - Nimmi should not object if Donald Trump decides to contest Sri Lankan presidency ! !
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dulan Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:24
I do not like Gota been anything. However I take such news with a pinch of salt.How did this guy based in Canada get this news before sources here?
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ND Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:24
Hurrah!! Normally I would have told USA to mind their own business. But not on this issue!!!!! Only deranged Sri Lankans would want him in power!!!
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Leel Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:29
This news first appearegd in Jaffna Tamil news papper. Go to his web site read the full report.
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Jagath Leanage Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:25
This is how western world control other countries. Out going Ambassador knows very well that If Gota contest , he is going to win. So he will stop G.R. contesting next time, somehow ?
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Nipuna Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:29
Why dis GOTA become a US citizen? He is the one who created the problem for himself!
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saliya Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:26
USA Does not want Political refugees to US or EU Countries. So need to stop a Worst Dictator to become the leader in Sri Lanka.
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Josh Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:37
Is it even possible for a US citizen to contest for the sri lankan election ?
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jehan Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:43
a murderer should not be president. we dont want white vans again
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voter Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:45
Let people dicide
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OBSERVER Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:46
THAT IS ABSOLUTELY A RIDICULES REMARKS.WHO EVER WILL BE THE PRESIDENT OF SRI LANKA,THAT SHOULD BE DECIDED BY PEOPLES IN THIS COUNTRY.NOT AS PER THE WISH OF US OR WESTERN COUNTRIES.
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Prem Wednesday, 13 June 2018 16:00
BUT HE GOT ALL RIGHTS TO COMMENT ABOUT A US CITIZENS
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Sumith Chandana Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:46
Ohh America mind your own business. He has well qualified to become the president of Sri Lanka. few of them are white van, mig deal, murder of prisoners...... so many
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Nilame Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:50
How the hell outsiders deciding the next leader of us?it’s all up to the people of SL,your guys have no role to play in that.
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Gihan Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:27
Its no outsider-- its the MOTHER Country of GOTA deciding on one of their citizens!!
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Mandy Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:30
Total misdirection going at a tangent. He is commenting on a US citizen - not the next President who could be anyone other than US citizen commented on by him.
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Citizen Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:50
How can they prevent SL voters from electing GR as their President? What means can they employ to achieve their objective?
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Wathsala Kirigampitiya Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:53
Since when is Sri Lanka under the rule of the US like the Virgin Islands ?
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Ceylon Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:28
Since srilanka became a begger for american food and american money.
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REEZ Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:28
Oh! he spent a lot of money for those Ifthar (Break Fast) parties. Its going to be wasted.
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Buddhi Perera Wednesday, 13 June 2018 13:08
This time US is genuinely helping Sri Lanka
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will Wednesday, 13 June 2018 13:23
Your likes or dislikes works when he contest for us presidency,our vote sufficient for now
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Sila Wednesday, 13 June 2018 13:24
Any murderer should be behind bars, not to lead a country
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CK Wednesday, 13 June 2018 13:28
It seems they (USA) have taken a stand on one of citizen.They don't want to see two US presidents.
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sub Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:38
this country belongs to signal ,we will do what we will want to ,mind yr business
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Sri Wickrema Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:00
Now Gota's fate of political journey is entirely in the hands of USA. So sad for a so called Sinhala patriotic.
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Drugs Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:06
Ask Gota why he protected Duminda Silva ?
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Sara Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:11
I do not think we should take this Idiot so seriously. What he rely meant was that US wants Gota to be the President. It is a Mangala style comment.
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Ron martin Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:15
US never forced Gota to take citizenship did they ? He was hiding there untill he got abosolute power whem MR bacame president. Then he came running back to Sri Lanka to enjoy the luxuries of wealth and power. Let him dance to the tune of US.
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sil Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:16
What quoted by Kashap and in another by mervin silva ,boosted GR's popularity
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g daluwatta Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:21
when u get assylem citizenships they cannot revoke their citizenship
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RSA Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:36
GOTA can contest the next elections in the USA, against TRUMP. US is finding it difficult to find someone to contest TRUMP.
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sach Wednesday, 13 June 2018 16:12
So it is decided then, Sri Lanka will vote for Gotabhaya
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Sirisena Wednesday, 13 June 2018 16:16
International conspiracy?.Weerawansa ! where the hell are you.
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GKA Wednesday, 13 June 2018 16:41
I think the USA just announced the results of the 2020 Presidential Election.
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SAMINDRE SOYSA Wednesday, 13 June 2018 16:45
US ALREADY THINKING THEY CONTROL NORTH KOREA. NOW TRYING TO RUN SRI-LANKA ! ARE WE GOING TO LET THEM ?
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suresh Wednesday, 13 June 2018 17:20
Gota is a US Citizen and he cant become the President of Sri Lanka without the consent of US government.
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Ranjit Samaranayake Wednesday, 13 June 2018 21:34
Well said, Sir ! I agree ............
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Dan Wednesday, 13 June 2018 17:21
This exactly the opposite what US really wants. This statement is to make the task easier...
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Raja Perera Wednesday, 13 June 2018 17:29
This is what Mahinda wants, if Gota gets elected, MR cannot dream his come back.
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Damian Wednesday, 13 June 2018 21:04
So West decides our next president
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Sanduni Thursday, 14 June 2018 05:47
Do not get fooled by these cheap publicity stunts.
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S.D.Dharmasena Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:02
I knew very well that USA will not approve Gotaghaya's application for renouncing his American citizenship. Usa and western countries doesn't like Gotabhaya Rajapaksha become as President of Sri Lanka. Tamil Diaspora is behind this. GR will definitely win the Presidency. His application will be rejected on the ground of war crimes. GR can't contest until his citizenship is renounced. At present no war crimes against GR. GR can make his request for denouncing citizenship. But USA will keep his application abeyance until Presidency Election is completed.
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kumar Saturday, 16 June 2018 15:11
USA can not stop as Gotabaya is not wanted in US or World court and also Not born in US.
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Kalu Nangi Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:32
Gota is backed by China. US does not want as President of this country anyone controlled by China. It is as simple as that.
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Ajja Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:36
Gota..you need to be like another Kim Jong Un...Send some missiles to US...
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kumar Saturday, 16 June 2018 15:09
US is not that stupid(although Trump seems to be) to make a comment or influence a sovereign country especially with Rajapaksas.
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