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By Jamila Najmuddin

The government delegation which is to visit India for talks this week has been pruned down to one from the previously announced three members.

When contacted by Daily Mirror online, President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga said that only Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapakse would be leaving for India tomorrow from the previously planned three member delegation which consisted of Minister Basil Rajapakse, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse and Mr. Lalith Weeratunga.

“Only Minister Basil Rajapakse will leave for India. The Defence Secretary and I will not be going,” Mr. Weeratunga said, refusing to divulge the reasons behind the two government members not attending the talks in India.

The pruning down of the delegation comes just days after India asked Sri Lanka to delay the visit to New Delhi for high level talks. The delegation was earlier expected to leave on August 15 but had to re-schedule for August 24 after India’s request was made.

According to Foreign Ministry sources, Minister Rajapakse will leave for India tomorrow and return back on August 26. (Daily Mirror online)
 

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  • Hazeer Monday, 23 August 2010 11:28 PM

    One-to-one only means very, very, secret!

    Leslie Tuesday, 24 August 2010 10:22 AM

    It's a case of one Rajapakse head being better than three!

    sw Tuesday, 24 August 2010 04:09 AM

    What are we up to, are we going to negotiate or make offers which they cannot refuse.

    MaPer Tuesday, 24 August 2010 04:40 AM

    What is the purpose of going to India. Obviously, the other two who were slashed were going on a holiday or shopping spree!

    Sena2 Monday, 23 August 2010 07:25 PM

    This does not seem to sound righ! Why should we be sending a delegation at all, if it is not to the liking of India?


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