Sri Lanka said that European Parliament is allowing itself to be used as a platform for LTTE apologists to discredit Sri Lanka, an official said.
Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU Ravinatha Aryasinha while strongly protesting the denial of Sri Lanka’s ‘right of reply’ at an “exchange of views on Sri Lanka” held last week at the European Parliament, said that , “its denial by the Presiding officer at the time, ‘leaves the unmistakable impression that the Human Rights Sub-Committee is not interested in having a reasoned and balanced discussion on Sri Lanka, but is merely content to allow itself (the European Parliament) to be used as a platform for LTTE apologists to discredit the Government of Sri Lanka”.
In a letter of protest addressed to Ms. Heidi Hautala, Chair of the Human Rights Sub-Committee who was not present during the discussion, Ambassador Aryasinha pointed out that in the over one hour long discussion on Sri Lanka on 6 December, of the 32 MEPs on the Sub-Committee only one chose to speak, and other than for a few comments by the European Commission, most of the time was given to a number of Non-Governmental Organizations”.
Comments - 27
Ajith Sunday, 19 December 2010 09:56 AM
You are correct, but the question is even though we are a poor country. Are we perfect and turely determined? of dealing many issues in the country and solving the problems.
Ezhilini Sunday, 19 December 2010 10:17 AM
What do you mean by DISCREDIT? Teh Govt can allow UN panel inside and prove that troops did not do war crimes. and let the Tamils live in harmony and peace. Then no need of worrying.
Free Thinker Sunday, 19 December 2010 01:12 PM
Ravinatha is one of the rare gems of the SL foreign service who can articulate well and tackle LTTE sympathisers. Good on you mate!
lalith Wije Sunday, 19 December 2010 01:45 PM
This has been happening for a long time and only now you have woken up. The long term problem will be enormous unless you act NOW. Mobilise the Sinhala expatriates. Lalith Wije
eddy Sunday, 19 December 2010 03:42 PM
Barking dogs seldom bites,let EU or UN etc bark for ltte or cry for them. I dont think it will be of any interest to the Sri Lankans in Sri Lanka. Rehabilitation, reconciliation, assimilation, rebuilding and economic recovery has the people fully supporting this capable government. The ltte is a dying group without head or backbone, a bunch of losers supported by the losers of the West.
mohamed nilam Sunday, 19 December 2010 03:57 PM
good move. Don't let them act according to those terrorists. Salute you sir for keeping mother lanka proud
zorro Sunday, 19 December 2010 04:27 PM
The GoSL has been missing all the opportunities to prove its innocence by denying an international inquiry into the war crimes by proclaiming that there were no wrongdoings. So why do they want to have an opportunity to answer the EU parliament now? They just can repeat their statement of innocence.
zorro Sunday, 19 December 2010 04:39 PM
why not send the statement of zero causalities to the EU, it should be enough isn't it?
zorro Sunday, 19 December 2010 04:41 PM
Your Excellence why dont you send a message to MR and GR "its denial by the Presiding officer at the time, ‘leaves the unmistakable impression that the GOSL is not interested in having a reasoned and balanced discussion on Sri Lankan HR matters,"
johan Sunday, 19 December 2010 04:40 PM
Yes we cannot expect everything favourable for our country.There will be ups and downs in the foreign policies towards Sri Lanka,because of the alleged war crimes.
It might take some time to recognise our country till everything becomes normal.
sarath Sunday, 19 December 2010 05:54 PM
feel the heat back mother country
Ruwan Perera Sunday, 19 December 2010 06:18 PM
What is Deva Additiya (UK MP represented at the EU) doing about this anti properganda campaign?
Ari Sunday, 19 December 2010 06:18 PM
It is well known that many of these NGOs who are now volciferous against Sri Lanka are a very disappointed lot. Their dominant desire was to perpetuate the terrorist conflict in Sri Lanka so that they could achieve their own vested interests, monetary and otherwise. It is a pity that the Human Rights sub-Committee of the EU is allowing such disgruntled orginazations with hidden agendas to dominate discussions about Sri Lanka. How can the EU look forward to get a balanced and enlightened view of the Sri Lankan situation by listening to them?
Fair N Square Sunday, 19 December 2010 06:37 PM
isnt that what u r doing in another country? eating what is put in ur mouth? at the expense of self esteem and dignity. No matter what u r considered an IMMIGRANT or (a settler) IF u r white skinned.
Fair N Square Sunday, 19 December 2010 06:43 PM
Cant agree more, well said !! Most overseas employees of those NGO's were kind of on vacation in a tropical country. Now that they have to leave to other hot spots, they are being obnoxious.
TomSam USA Sunday, 19 December 2010 07:11 PM
Hey you the paid apologist for the pakse gang of stinky lanka. please dont throw stones when YOU are in the glass house.
Roshan D W Monday, 20 December 2010 12:04 PM
EU you have enough problems to solve in your backyard..stop meddling in our affairs.Sri Lanka has done well without your support.Lets keep it that way//
Justitia Omnibus Monday, 20 December 2010 02:15 AM
Fair N Square: Unmitigated horsefeathers! Have you not heard that it is better to be silent and be considered stupid rather than open your mouth and confirm the fact?
I'd bet that if you were offered entry into any of these horrible countries, you would probably sell your soul to pay for the ticket!
Anyway, better to be an "IMMIGRANT" than a PANDANKARAYA in Sri Lanka, don't you think. At least in the former, you retain your decency and dignity.
ranjith Monday, 20 December 2010 02:26 AM
well done ambassador, what can we expect other than tiger voice from the EU
LANKONIS Monday, 20 December 2010 02:57 AM
They are the Creators of this problem in Sri Lanka. That;s why they openly,& nakedly support for terrorrism here..THATS THE BOLD TRUTH...
Dagobert Monday, 20 December 2010 04:43 PM
EZHILINI... The Tamils are in harmony BUT not the Diasspora. This is the sticking point you have overlooked.
shameer Sunday, 19 December 2010 06:21 AM
good move.... say it directly....
Common Man Sunday, 19 December 2010 06:29 AM
Poor countries like Sri Lanka have to listen to powerful EU, UK, & US etc. The question is are they perfect? They have their own failures in many areas; i.e. the economy in some countries are in very bad shape and applying austerity measures, in recent Wickileaks incident we saw how they treated its founder Julian Assange, they froze his Bank accounts and asked to pay 240,000 pounds in cash for bail out. Basically, its survival of the fittest!.
Madihe son Sunday, 19 December 2010 07:08 AM
European Parliament is only a talking shop. It has lost it's purpose and respect. Most members are corrupt and easily influenced.
Konde bendapu china Sunday, 19 December 2010 07:21 AM
Nakedness of Western nations reviled by Julian in Wiki leak.though Sri Lanka is poor MR did not bow down to them even during the war time.Keep up good work Mr.Ariyasinghe
Hewa Monday, 20 December 2010 05:17 AM
The diaspora Tamil comunity is living a peaceful lives in foreign countries. Let the Tamil and Sinhalease in Sri Lanka live a peaceful life too.
Thas Sunday, 19 December 2010 07:55 AM
Ravinath, you are represeneting a country that need to beg from powers like EU etc, and you have no other choice, but to swallow whatever is put in your mouth.
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