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By Sandun A Jayesekera


The government says Sri Lanka lost the GSP+ facility not because of alleged violations of labour rights but due to the disinformation campaign carried out by UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Mangala Samaraweera and a section of the Tamil Diaspora.

Addressing a news conference at the SLFP headquarters today, Government Minister Dallus Alahapperuma said the EU granted GSP+ facility to Sri Lanka after the tsunami in 2005 and it continued for 5 years.

“The EU started questioning about labour rights, human rights and good governance after the mud slinging campaign against the government by Raniil, Mangala and certain Tamil groups who are dreaming to establish a Transnational State of Tamil Eelam. The EU intensified pressure on Sri Lanka and decided to withdraw the trade facility after Fonseka’s white flag story that tarnished the image of our security forces and the government,” Minister Alaghapperuma stressed.

He said only a few impotent members of the opposition and the Tamil diaspora are glad for the loss of GSP+ for Sri Lanka. Those who take negative impact of the GSP+ loss are rural youth who found employment in the garment and apparel sector.

“This government is not ready to exchange the sovereignty, self respect and integrity of the country for a few millions of euros. Does the EU withdraw the GSP+ facility if the war continued up to now? No. Why, they thrive on national calamities and envious of Sri Lanka because we have done something extra ordinary by defeating the most ruthless terrorist outfit in the world,” Minister Alahapperuma emphasized.

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  • Labby Tuesday, 17 August 2010 12:27 PM

    If this is so then why did the government not counter that disinformation campaign ? This is something like telling stories to kindergarten children.

    gona Tuesday, 17 August 2010 05:49 PM

    Did RW ever support the war. Never. Where was he during the important stages of the war - touring Europe. Why???

    Indika Tuesday, 17 August 2010 12:30 PM

    Exactly !

    Rohan Tuesday, 17 August 2010 12:33 PM

    When we got China, Iran and Burma who provides billions of euros we do not need to worry about few millions euros from EU
    Rohan.

    RW Tuesday, 17 August 2010 12:46 PM

    Ranil is the scapegoat for all the problems in the country.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 17 August 2010 12:52 PM

    You should also blame the old professori G L Peiris for failing to take timely legal action against the EU.

    Lanka Tuesday, 17 August 2010 12:54 PM

    Of Course it is the real Truth. Selfish politicians to blame for such losses.

    Geetha Tuesday, 17 August 2010 12:55 PM

    Lies, Lies and more lies.

    Dhiren Tuesday, 17 August 2010 12:55 PM

    No one believes the government as what they say are always a pack of lies. They are full of deception.

    Tharma Tuesday, 17 August 2010 01:02 PM

    Oh dear, not on Tamils!!! Or LTTE

    spark Tuesday, 17 August 2010 01:03 PM

    Next time, Dallas may even blame loss of GSP on his mother in law. But then, many fools in this country will believe that the loss was due to the Mother in law.

    Raj Tuesday, 17 August 2010 01:04 PM

    Is he that powerful?

    Senior Citizen Tuesday, 17 August 2010 01:12 PM

    Is he in fantasy land ? But of course some stupidos who know no better, will believe Dulles. I have heard fairy tales but this takes the cake.

    Charlie Tuesday, 17 August 2010 01:12 PM

    Yes, some truth over this comments.

    Fernando1001 Tuesday, 17 August 2010 07:51 PM

    What's next? Blame our other problems on monkeys and stray-dogs?

    ramana Tuesday, 17 August 2010 01:22 PM

    Earlier these people were running their life by putting all the blames on tigers and now no more tigers. So they found Ranil to spid all their cabage stories on him.

    sandeepa Tuesday, 17 August 2010 01:39 PM

    Silly ministers making silly remarks.If Ranil did it make him the President and he will get GSP back.When are these jokers are going to stop this???????????

    Cocohead Tuesday, 17 August 2010 01:42 PM

    Just trying to cover up their failures..blaming ranil like small kids..

    Deva Tuesday, 17 August 2010 01:58 PM

    Ha, ha not only Ranil. Forgot to add SF. according to MR all the people oppsed to him are to be blamed

    Akash Wijethilake Tuesday, 17 August 2010 02:07 PM

    Dear Minister Dallus Alahapperuma, this is good for the 'gallery'. This wouldn't have happened if the government had good relationship with the west. So don't find scape-goats for your inability.

    Akash Wijethilake Tuesday, 17 August 2010 02:09 PM

    Good one ! Fully agreed.

    Geronimo Tuesday, 17 August 2010 02:26 PM

    Gibberish, of course!!

    SidathB Wednesday, 18 August 2010 04:46 AM

    very true

    Maruwa Tuesday, 17 August 2010 04:51 PM

    There is so many proof for violation on human right and journalist freedom in our country.

    Dheen Tuesday, 17 August 2010 12:03 PM

    Ranil and Mahindha are so close to each other and what is Dallas talking about !

    Gunda Tuesday, 17 August 2010 12:06 PM

    Batting for the Gallery.

    namal Tuesday, 17 August 2010 12:09 PM

    isnt this a convenient excuse! typical!

    Rohan Tuesday, 17 August 2010 12:09 PM

    Yes up to a certain extent Ranil & Ravi are responsible for this situation but the government had enough time to put it right.

    dilshan Tuesday, 17 August 2010 12:15 PM

    well , when will the Next meeting between Ranil & President take place ....

    dass Tuesday, 17 August 2010 05:19 PM

    Of course he is in FANTASY LAND. Wonder of Asia.

    ganepola Tuesday, 17 August 2010 12:15 PM

    " Does the EU withdraw the GSP+ facility if the war continued up to now? No."

    Spot on Minister. That's the real truth.

    Josh Tuesday, 17 August 2010 12:19 PM

    oh... now the blame on Ranil... wonder why they suddenly changed track??


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