MR regrets objectionable article

5 August 2014 09:02 am - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


President Mahinda Rajapaksa today expressed regret over an objectionable article on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa posted on the Defence Ministry website that triggered a furore in India.

“I regret that it has happened. I have called for a report on it," Rajapaksa told media heads in Colombo.

The defence ministry later removed the article from its website and offered an unqualified apology to India.

"We extend an unqualified apology to the Hon Prime Minister of India and Hon Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu," it said in a statement posted on its website.

Maj Gen Kapila Hendavitharana speaking on behalf of the defence ministry said the article had been posted on the Defence Ministry website without permission.

India's External Affairs Ministry yesterday summoned Lankan High Commissioner Sudharshan Seneviratne in New Delhi and lodged a protest against the article.

Seneviratne was conveyed the "anger and concerns" among parliamentarians on the issue in the strongest possible words by the Joint Secretary in-charge of Sri Lanka division in MEA. (PTI)

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  • Asaaw Tuesday, 05 August 2014 02:42 PM

    Three in ONE (publishremoveregret) via DM Android App

    ABC Tuesday, 05 August 2014 02:43 PM

    MR addressed Hon. MinsiterJaya and she never addresses same way via DM Android App

    Mongal Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:20 AM

    He always calls for reports. But the result does not come out.

    real thinker Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:33 AM

    world kept Sri lanka government under their foot, all of our country imagination has destroyed by the one family SHOW...SO WHAT ELSE MORE THAN THIS...THATS WHY EVERYONE TRIES TO PUT SRI LANKA under their foot nowadays

    what2do Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:34 AM

    If the article has been posted on the Defense Ministry website without permission as stated by a Major General, stern action should be taken against the offenders as the nation's name is being tarnished.

    ayo magy-apachey Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:45 AM

    ayo magy apachey ....shaaaaaaaa...ape king harry hondainey?...harry piri suduai

    Izmy Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:58 AM

    'Diplo- maniac ' country.

    mail_guy Tuesday, 05 August 2014 10:22 AM

    Finally Jaya won and she will.

    Freebird Tuesday, 05 August 2014 06:47 PM

    Appoint a commision as usual and forget about via DM Android App

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 05 August 2014 10:27 AM

    Obviously bcos he is not honorable.

    Kapil Tuesday, 05 August 2014 04:18 PM

    This is a major inexcusable flaw in the defence ministrys media department. No excuses. via DM Android App

    mack Wednesday, 06 August 2014 01:42 PM

    MR is starting to look like Denis the menace to the international community via DM Android App

    shanthapriya Wednesday, 06 August 2014 10:15 AM


    bernard Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:11 AM

    Isn't MR the defense minister?

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