US acts hypocritical- SL

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The government today said that any dictation by the US government towards Sri Lanka’s internal issues was contravening to the principles of democracy propagated by the US.

Responding to the possibility of aid from the United States being banned, in the event of a failure by the government to show “accountability” over the incidents in 2009, Government Spokesperson Keheliya Rambukwella said, “If the US was to bring about a ban of this nature, then it would be against the same principles of democracy that they teach; this issue of accountability has to be discussed then unilaterally.”

A US congressional committee voted to ban aid to Sri Lanka unless the nation shows "accountability" over the bloodshed in the final stages of its civil war in 2009.

In a voice vote, the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved a measure that would ban all US government funding to Sri Lanka except for humanitarian aid, demining and activities to promote democracy and governance.

Minister Rambukwella said that the government claimed that the issue of accountability had been discussed extensively in sufficient local forums.

“We have discussed the issues of accountability in local forums extensively and that is sufficient, there is nothing more to be discussed and debated on this “accountability”,” Minister of Mass Media and Government Spokesperson Keheliya Rambukwella said yesterday. 

Commenting on the call by senior US state department official that Sri Lanka should stop paramilitary activities that continue to operate in the north the Minister said that the government had already taken steps to correct this situation.

“We have also put our foot down on these various groups operating in the north. It must be understood that we had a gun culture, in that area, for thirty years—therefore there are various robberies and threats taking place with the use of weaponry,” he said. (Dianne Silva)

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  • wijekoon Saturday, 23 July 2011 02:24 AM

    US know their future. No sooner they require financial aids from other countries. But as UK TAMIL BOY facts US eye in the direction of the natural resources of Sri Lanka.

    malkanthi Friday, 22 July 2011 10:26 AM

    well said Mr Keheliya Rambukwella, we don't both 'Aid' and 'Aids' from them.

    sen Sunday, 24 July 2011 01:55 AM

    this minister has already applied for green card in USA, so no aids for him, LOL

    P.B. Friday, 22 July 2011 10:27 AM

    Can manage without US aid.

    MLC Friday, 22 July 2011 10:37 AM

    better not depend on aids syndrom.

    uglytruth Friday, 22 July 2011 10:58 AM

    What goes around will come around..when the rulers act
    hypocritically on their own citizens no wonder world treat like that...

    chamil Saturday, 23 July 2011 04:02 AM

    Now they are showing their real face "THUG" to the world. They are savages, you can find it from the history, how US grows. So how we can hope more than this from them?
    "When a burning star coming to its end, it shines brighter 10X."
    "When a lantern coming to end the oil, it shines brighter 10X"

    Suranjith Seneviratn Saturday, 23 July 2011 04:03 AM

    What is our diplomats doing in USA??? We need professionals not tea tasters

    Sam Friday, 22 July 2011 11:29 AM

    i think they are trying to save some money to fight libya

    Dilan Saturday, 23 July 2011 04:07 AM

    Yes we'll even stop asking for it!

    harshika Saturday, 23 July 2011 04:15 AM

    we don't need free USAID,we can get loans for 7%~12% interest from our "real friend" china and sell our prime land to them too..

    Hussain Saturday, 23 July 2011 04:11 AM

    Better to keep away from the west. they give 100/= rupees aid and bringing 1000 of aids and other deseices to our country. keep away from the west. good for country and bad for politicians.

    Thanu Saturday, 23 July 2011 05:04 AM

    yes, but we need only citizenship and properties in US

    Waran Vaithilingam Saturday, 23 July 2011 12:45 PM

    and the brst is yet to come.....

    malliloku Saturday, 23 July 2011 05:10 AM

    50 states, stupid!

    Thanu Saturday, 23 July 2011 05:11 AM

    YEs, we have everything. Our president can do a lot to SL. we don't need west. Even we don't need china and russia.. LOL

    Thanu Saturday, 23 July 2011 05:16 AM

    We don't need them to come to SL. bu t we need to go to US to have dual citizenship and properties worth of million dollars... LOL

    Sunil.c.Fernando Saturday, 23 July 2011 02:43 PM

    They will only help terrorists.

    Sunil.c.Fernando Saturday, 23 July 2011 02:45 PM

    U.S Will only help terrorists.

    wijekoon Saturday, 23 July 2011 03:39 PM

    The dictionary defines a hypocrite as someone who "pretends to be better than he really is or to be pious, virtuous without really being so." A hypocrite is someone who says one thing and does the opposite.

    Berty Saturday, 23 July 2011 06:00 AM

    This is just the beginning
    Wait @ see.

    Atheist Saturday, 23 July 2011 06:05 AM

    Interesting...the accountability issue must be transparent otherwise it will be of no use.

    Nalin Friday, 22 July 2011 10:38 PM

    they have no money to give they are bankrupt!!!
    In few years America will be like Russia broken to separate 54 states!!!!
    Its time to live without others money and stand up by our self.

    UK TAMIL BOY Friday, 22 July 2011 02:10 PM

    SRI LANKA MUST BE A COUNTRY FULL OF RESOURCES INCLUDING OIL, WHY DO THEY NEED AIDS FROM WEST....?

    MahaRaja Saturday, 23 July 2011 06:40 AM

    Hon Minister no point Harping locally .... try to convinve the the international community as Sri Lankans and not as as UNP, JVP , SLFP etc ... tilll nwe reach that day .. we will always be looked down upon

    raju Saturday, 23 July 2011 06:39 AM

    BAD SIGNS, IT IS SEEMS TO BE A STARTING OF AN ISOLATION OF SRILANKA FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.

    Concerned Saturday, 23 July 2011 06:48 AM

    I wonder whethe knows the exact meaning of "hypocritical"

    Guru Saturday, 23 July 2011 12:05 AM

    Ramburwella, do you know the meaning of hypocritical??

    Concerned Saturday, 23 July 2011 06:55 AM

    Yes, It is exactly in the same way how you all act in many issues here in Sri Lanka. At least now you know the difference!

    Peter Monday, 25 July 2011 12:53 PM

    Sour grapes!!!

    KP Monday, 25 July 2011 12:54 PM

    His daughter is already in the US sent there with Govt. help.

    dilan Saturday, 23 July 2011 02:13 AM

    Yeah....how much does the US give? $13 milion... china gives 1000 times more....

    dilan Saturday, 23 July 2011 02:14 AM

    yeah....still fighting in Libya & Afganistan...

    Perera Monday, 25 July 2011 12:56 PM

    So you lotus eaters want other countries aid for ever?
    You think China is spending on you for charity?


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