MR heads to US

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By Jamila Najmuddin

President Mahinda Rajapakse left for the United States today to take part in the United Nations General Assembly where he will also deliver a speech next week.

Government sources told Daily Mirror online that the President left a few days in advance for personal reasons and will stay on for the official part of the trip where he will attend the UN General Assembly.

External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris and President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga are also among the President’s delegation that will leave for New York shortly.

This is President Rajapakse’s first visit to the UN since UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon appointed an Expert Panel on Sri Lanka despite the government’s strong objections.

The Panel was appointed to advise the UN Chief on the incidents that took place during the final stages of the war. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • jayantha Wednesday, 15 September 2010 01:31 PM

    Good opportunity for UN to catch him and question on his HR violations.

    Katussa Wednesday, 15 September 2010 02:05 PM

    and the Vermin?

    Katussa Wednesday, 15 September 2010 02:08 PM

    While there he will also thank the US for making interfering remarks about SL because this gives him the excuse to bash them and get more and more popular here at home!!!!

    Namal Pakse Wednesday, 15 September 2010 02:10 PM

    MR is going under trying conditions and may also be tried whilst he is there..Guess for what???

    saman Wednesday, 15 September 2010 02:40 PM

    Some web sites says first he is going to Germany ! is he going to investigate that 18th amendment Poster campaign ? Look a like German MR

    Ish Wednesday, 15 September 2010 10:00 AM

    President’s delegation == Family + Loved Ones

    christie silva Wednesday, 15 September 2010 04:04 PM

    Hope that you will be able to enlighten the world leaders about your sincere objectives, dispelling the vicious comments made by certain groups who are jealous about your achievements.

    Meshach Reuben Wednesday, 15 September 2010 10:00 AM

    Good Luck..!

    N. Komali Wednesday, 15 September 2010 10:01 AM

    Going in advance to give tea parties and get used to the climate.

    Ranjana Wednesday, 15 September 2010 10:01 AM

    Hope there will be better audience than in 2008, where there were not more than 40 people seated, including our delegation numbering 8

    malkanthi Wednesday, 15 September 2010 10:08 AM

    All the best! A sincere honest speech and having all facts in place, will be helpful to regain any damages done to the image.

    Rajitha Seneviratne Wednesday, 15 September 2010 10:12 AM

    It is good that he attends this forum. He is considered as a prominant Head of Sate from this region and a lot of world leaders will look forward to meet him. Unlike in 2008 today he stands on a diffrent pedestal and it will be seen in the coming weeks. I am sure he will talk to President Obama at the traditional dinner hosted by the US President to visiting Head of State. International diplomacy is such UN panels etc wont feature on such high profile gatherings. President Rajapakse will be welcomed warmly in the US.

    Wasantha Wednesday, 15 September 2010 10:13 AM

    Left in advance to gain some experience for Namal on "International Affairs" at the expense of the poor tax payer.

    tha Wednesday, 15 September 2010 10:18 AM

    Have a nice trip......

    ultimate Wednesday, 15 September 2010 10:19 AM

    wish you all the best..enjoy the trip

    Clifford Thursday, 16 September 2010 06:03 AM

    all the time accusing the US and now he is on a visit to US?? Thank GOD US is a a very good country.

    Roshan Wednesday, 15 September 2010 10:40 AM

    Good luck and safe return.

    Machan Wednesday, 15 September 2010 06:45 PM

    With 130 plus delegation?

    izzy Wednesday, 15 September 2010 08:50 PM

    This will give him the opportunity to tell these guys to "mind their own business," in person !

    Defender Wednesday, 15 September 2010 11:38 AM

    Sir, you are the most succesful leader out of all leaders who participate in the summit.
    May you be our president forever!!

    kevin Wednesday, 15 September 2010 11:43 AM

    What about Wimal ?

    spark Wednesday, 15 September 2010 11:45 AM

    Sincerety, honesty and facts are the least concerns of this regime. This is the reason MR is debunking from addressing many forums.

    Lankan Wednesday, 15 September 2010 12:02 PM

    ohhh a vacation.. Sponsored by the Citizens of sri lanka...

    SidathB Wednesday, 15 September 2010 12:31 PM

    Be Careful you are going to the land of diplomatic croocks who against Sri Lanka

    KD Thursday, 16 September 2010 07:38 AM

    Have you ever been to US?

    Yehiya-Doha Wednesday, 15 September 2010 01:25 PM

    Better going early can learn some democracy.


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