UK explains Miliband’s actions

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A visiting British official today explained to Sri Lanka that UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband’s recent participation at the Global Tamil Forum conference in London was aimed at encouraging them to support efforts to achieve peace in Sri Lanka.

Sir Peter Ricketts, the Permanent Under-Secretary (PUS) of the British Foreign Office, at a meeting with Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama today had said that during his speech the Foreign Secretary had urged GTF members to maintain their commitment to peaceful methods and to support domestic attempts within Sri Lanka to achieve a political solution.

“Sir Peter Ricketts explained that Foreign and Commonwealth Office ministers and officials regularly engage with expatriate Sri Lankans from all communities to encourage them to support peaceful efforts to achieve peace in Sri Lanka,” the Foreign Ministry said.

The Sri Lankan government had earlier voiced strong objections over Miliband’s participation at the event saying it was a pro-LTTE event. The acting British High Commissioner in Colombo was also summoned by Minister Bogollagama to voice Sri Lanka’s anger over the latest developments.

Sir Peter Ricketts meanwhile also called on the government to allow humanitarian organizations to play a full role in the resettlement of IDPs. He had expressed the UK’s willingness to support Sri Lanka to restore full freedom of movement to all IDPs, to complete the resettlement process and to help civilians rebuild their lives.  (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Wednesday, 10 March 2010 03:02 PM

    I WAS OF THE OPINION THAT MR. MERVYN SILVA IS THE WORST POLITICIAN EVER , BUT MILLIBAND MAKES MR.MERVYN SILVA VERY HONOURABLE

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 03:05 PM

    Dear All;

    I have read it all. Sounds like everyone int the world has to speak only what the Thatayas and the Sinhalese people want!!!!!!....hahahahahha.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 03:17 PM

    British soverinity does not have rights to peek into other country business. And those GTF members are citizens of other countries therefore they have no right to intervene in to SL's business.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 03:36 PM

    We don't need explanations, we need an apology!

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 03:38 PM

    The reality is that whatever the government politicians say to attract the public's vote, they very well know that the country cannot survive without the friendship of Britain and the West.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 04:42 PM

    "Encouraging them to support efforts to achieve peace in Sri Lanka." - Yeah right! These guys live-off chaos, in the country, so why would they want to miss-out on the opportunity?

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 04:42 PM

    You made a similar statement on India, and now, India has become your closest 'neighbour' and 'relative.'

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 06:00 PM

    De Silva - The Tamils too, are indigenous people of the island. You should stop your nonsense about sending-back Tamils, to Tamilnadu. ... Sinhalese and Tamils share more than 55% of their DNA, even after living apart for more than 2500 years. It is indeed very sad that after so much bloodshed, you come-up with this kind of 'venom,' to drive people apart.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 06:06 PM

    Dear Editor, is it possible to restrict the comment box to a maximum number of words, so that one can stop, when the limit is reached. It is rather frustrating, in this day and age, that you are allowed to type what you want to convey, but only find out that you have wasted your time and thoughts, when your 'comments' get posted. I fully appreciate the reasons for the restrictions, as you need members of staff reading through the comments, to authorise the same.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 06:16 PM

    The 'Global Thaaliban Forum' is now recognized in the UK, by all three political parties.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 07:10 PM

    'Milibanda' only wants the votes of the PRO-LTTE bloc ... also, he has to respect the will of his 'campaign-donors' ...

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 07:27 PM

    N. K. Ratnam, you must not distort facts, even if they are in favour of your point! All humans share 99.9% of their genes(Google, The Human Genome Project). So, what are we fighting about ethnicity for? It's only a product of our ignorance and selfishness!

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 07:55 PM

    Only 55% of DNA? You have no idea do you?

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 08:35 PM

    Miliband has just cost his country, in terms of goodwill, for a few Tamil votes.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 11:42 AM

    Mr. Miliband must have realised that negative effect on his action (attending the GT forum). he also knows that there are many moderate Sri Lankans lives in marginal seats and labour would lose those votes. If people vote tactically then labour would lose those seats with even small swing towards concervative.

    In any case, labour party has supported LTTE and it's operation to run in UK and they should realised the mistakes they have made supporting a terrorist organisation in retunr of a few votes.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 11:44 AM

    What ever......................

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:05 PM

    No matter wat country, wat NGO comes to help SLanka, Without commission, This gov. wont let any1 to do anything in SLanka...

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:13 PM

    We respect you sir.................

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:16 PM

    British government has its sovereignty. Let them do what they like.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:17 PM

    Rubbish...Labour is hunger of votes.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:26 PM

    Peace? what kind of peace he is talking about? Sir, don't blame but invest, else china and india will gain the maximum.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:26 PM

    Miliband’s action is a answer to President's secretary's Interview to Media.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:33 PM

    after the explanation is over,check if they have jobs for your kin &/or few bucks to spare.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:37 PM

    What country needs is a leeder who can get the various communities to live in peace. The law and order should be kept by the security forces without BIAS and act as a front for one side. What country also need is Justice, right to factual information, and free of the following---- corruption/bribery/commissions. Fear should be in mind of law abiding civilians .

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:41 PM

    To encourage peace efforts in Sri Lanka may also be the reason why the UK Govt. led my Miliband wanted to stop the war to save the LTTE leader and his gang. My foot!

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:53 PM

    Cham, I agree with you. Miliband is sending his Rep to show that his act was clean. What he really want is the tamil's vote nothing else. Sri Lankan's living in UK must remember Miliband's bullying tactics. Labour party is a sure loser.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:56 PM

    Ok ...Explain it properly...Otherwise We'll take Stern Action !

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:56 PM

    For what its worth, thanks you for the clarification. Much appreciated.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:57 PM

    Well Faizal, they all come to help themselves not to help Sri Lanka and we have to be vigilant.
    UK can never help Sri Lanka as they are in a very bad economic situation and people are asking the Govt to cut down on aid.
    No matter which Sri Lanka Govt comes into power you cannot disregard any comms because it is offered. Well you would take it wont you? This happens in the so called "first world" no matter what people say.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 01:01 PM

    The tamil diaspora who are UK citizens have all the right to be addressed by their political leaders whether it is Milliband or any event that they have organised. This is as long as it does not break the laws of UK. Clearly the laws of UK are more human and transparent to the humbug judiciary and lawlessness actively promoted by no other persons than the silence of the majority population of Sri Lanka to the antics of their leaders.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 01:31 PM

    Well Spark lets see what the labour government can do to the diaspora. They showed they were involved but at the end dropped everything. Can we trust them? No never. They talk and talk .. what trasnparency they used up tax payers money for the MP's expenses what more?
    Let us see if UK will settle the Irish storm before putting their foot into Sri Lanka affairs. I can imagine if India did this as India is more suitable for tamil diaspora.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 01:43 PM

    UK don't need to give any explanation on their participation with their UK Tamil citizens, its wrong on S/L to question everything sundry and antagonize the western countries to make GSP+ case still worse

    Saturday, 13 March 2010 08:50 AM

    WELL SAID MY BROTHER,,, I AM FROM CANADA.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 01:50 PM

    Spark, point well taken Tamil Diaspora in the UK are citizens of the UK. Problem arises when the citizens of UK especially the Tamil diaspora are meddling with the affairs of another soveriegn country in this case "Sri Lanka'. So do not sponsor terrorists and maintain LTTE terrorist cells to kill and destroy Sri Lankans. What our leaders do in Sri Lanka is our problem.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 01:54 PM

    Right Spark! - of course the Tamil diapora IN the UK is perfectly free to have their gatherings by UK MP's provided the utterances at such gatherings do not compromise the sovereignty or the teerritorial integrity of other nations. If they do be prepared to be hit back and that is what has happened here. If you want a separate state based on your Tamil ethnicity the place for that is Tamil Nadu, the place of Tamil ethnic origijn - not Sri Lanka. In SL you will have to learn to fit in with all others. - S de Silva, London


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