President's letter to Naseby: PHU says govt. kept it a secret

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The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) yesterday said a letter of thank sent by President Maithripala Sirisena to Lord Naseby had been kept concealed by the government due to the pressure of Tamil separatists.

Addressing a news briefing, PHU Leader and MP Udaya Gammanpila said Lord Naseby of the British House of Lords made a statement in UK Parliament in October saying no war crime was committed in Sri Lanka.

“The President has sent a letter on behalf of Sri Lanka thanking Lord Naseby. This should be commended but neither Sri Lanka nor the UK knows about this letter,” he said.

He said a cover letter issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry Secretary has been attached with the President’s letter.

The MP said this cover letter, which was addressed to the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in the UK, says the High Commissioner herself should handover the letter and the contents of the letter should not be shared with either Sri Lankan or British Media.

“Why this secrecy? If there is any faction which the President should be afraid of when expressing his opinion, it is the Tamil separatists. We have a question whether the President was aware of this secrecy,” he said.

However, when contacted, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said there was nothing out of ordinary about sending a letter of this nature along with a letter of the President of Sri Lanka as they come under ‘privileged communication.’ (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 8

  • Ara Tuesday, 12 December 2017 02:03 PM

    Since this is not sent to your wife , no need to panic.

    daham Tuesday, 12 December 2017 04:11 PM

    You seem to be a paid podiyan of tamil diaspora.

    Sheri Wednesday, 13 December 2017 01:31 PM

    An irrelevant comment!

    Kumara Tuesday, 12 December 2017 04:50 PM

    Correction: Lord Naseby is not an elected (MP) member to speak in British Parliament or House of Commons. He may have spoken at the gathering of Lords, where un-elected prominent members of public speak.

    Wanted 100Rs Tuesday, 12 December 2017 05:44 PM

    People like you.

    Sheri Wednesday, 13 December 2017 01:29 PM

    Absolute nonsense! The Rt Hon. Lord Naseby was an elected MP.

    critical Tuesday, 12 December 2017 05:42 PM

    If it kept secrete how do you came to know about it.Even though if it had happened , it is good for our forces. So you being a so call patriatic, should have kept your mouth shut.

    Chris subramaniam Sunday, 17 December 2017 04:31 AM

    Utter nonsense,Period.

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