Lanka unmoved by LTTE lobbyists

10 March 2010 01:59 pm - 29     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Jamila Najmuddin


The government says senior officials will continue with their overseas visits as scheduled despite the threat posed by some LTTE lobbyists in the west. Government Defence Spokesperson Keheliya Rambukwella told Daily Mirror online that despite the LTTE being defeated militarily by the army, the LTTE diaspora continued to function overseas, posing a threat to the government ministers.

However Rambukwella said that despite such threats, the government would continue their official visits overseas in order to strengthen its international ties. 

“We had a threat even when the LTTE was active in the country. However they were wiped out by the army. We will not back out from traveling overseas just because of the LTTE lobbyists,” Rambukwella said.

According to media reports the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN, Dr. Palitha Kohona has blamed the LTTE lobbyists for postponing his visit to Canada where he was scheduled to deliver a lecture at the Toronto University. His visit was put on hold following a security assessment.

Media reports said that Margaret McKone, Executive Director at the University said the planned lecture had to be postponed pending a standard ‘security assessment’. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 29

  • Wednesday, 10 March 2010 03:20 PM

    What exactly is the threat - the fact that they have requested an independent inquiry on war crimes? So, all the Diaspora is now LTTE? Not even a month ago the Govt claimed 99% of the Tamils abroad are supportive of MR.
    How about the Sinhala Diaspora protesting to release SF, to honour HR and safeguard independence of media? Do they pose a threat too? - Are they LTTE as well?

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 04:12 AM

    Remember Canda has prosecuted war criminals from other countries. Therefore, it can be a wise decision made by the GOSL or the permanent representative.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 04:13 AM

    Dr. Kohona is welcome to Canada any time by all peace loving Canadians. U of T will gladly host him at any time when he is ready to do so.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 04:18 AM

    Why are you afraid since rich LTTE supporters like KP, Khan etc. are in your team ?

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 04:38 AM

    It is only if the government keeps the LTTE fever alive, they can survive.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 05:00 PM

    Kohona's lecture is not needed by the University in Canada. He is not important there. Now the world looks at us under a 'war-crimes microscope.'

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 06:12 PM

    Dear Keheliya, you cannot hide behind the LTTE bogey, any longer, as they are now history. The reason why Tamils are able to win-over world politicians, is because of what is happening to them, in Tamil areas.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 05:42 AM

    The dear Hon Minister is one of those gentlemen in this cabinet .I wish him all the very best in his endeavors to fight the unjust causes of the LTTE

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 07:43 PM

    You guys can go to China, Russia, Pakistan, Iran and Libya, to 'strengthen international ties.' There are no LTTE supporters, in those countries. You can also do all your shopping there.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 07:44 PM

    Canada, especially the Toronto area, is plagued by LTTE operatives. It's a well known fact. Canada will learn, in due time.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 07:47 PM

    'Bajaar eke chandiya'!

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 07:52 PM

    Still the 'LTTE fever' is not over for the government.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 07:59 PM

    So, in essence, you imply that all diaspora Tamils are either LTTE or LTTE proxies?

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 06:13 AM

    Kugan , if you know what's going on in international politics and LTTE outside SL can you please explain?

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 08:14 PM

    Keheliya, you have no clue at all about International Politics and what's going on outside SL, regarding the LTTE.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 10:03 PM

    What do you do overseas? Just holidaying ...

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 11:02 PM

    This chauvist b...tard should not even be representing at UN. Why can't US deny visa for this racist

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 11:11 PM

    Canadians do not need any lectures from these idiots

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 11:33 PM

    So they rule the world,except Sri Lanka

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 12:02 AM

    Who cares Canada, Europe & UK ,Keep ties with China, our genune friend. Now even Australia bow them for ecconomic reasons

    Ausie _Lanka

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 12:33 AM

    As well as Political vendetas carryng on against the opposition.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 12:40 AM

    I thought LTTE had gone

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 12:41 AM

    A government that fast losing the faith of her own people will not be able to trust the other people at all. A natural syndrome

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 12:42 AM

    they knoe he talks non sence like GL

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 01:05 AM

    Avoid you people going abroad, we can at least save some money and their visits never bring anything good to the country either in this govt.

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 01:42 AM

    Why don't you start a comedy series in state TV

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 08:41 AM

    the refusal of Visa has nothing to do with the LTTE and Tamil factor......

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 03:17 AM

    tks to SF

    Thursday, 11 March 2010 10:39 AM

    Are you advocating to abandon non aligned status and join any one of the power bloc, Nato or Warsaw (Is it existing?)cold war again?

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