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The US Embassy in Colombo, in a statement today, asserted that the US remains neutral with regards to the Presidential elections in Sri Lanka and strongly condemned allegations that they are supporting one side over another.


As the presidential campaign in Sri Lanka enters its final week, the United States reaffirmed its hope that the elections are free, fair, credible and without violence. 


“We will work with whomever wins the election to strengthen our longstanding partnership and we will maintain our support for a peaceful, prosperous and democratic Sri Lanka,” the statement further added.
 

Meanwhile the Norwegian embassy in Sri Lanka today denied that it was involved in a scandal to fund a government parliamentarian switching sides to support the main opposition challenger.
 

"The accusation is untrue and totally unacceptable. Norway has never -- and will never -- interfere in an election in another country," a Norwegian embassy statement said.

National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa said that Norway had provided a large amount of money to engineer the defection of his colleague M J Muzzamil to the camp of the former Army Chief General Sarath Fonseka.

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  • Sunday, 17 January 2010 01:45 AM

    It's alright as long as America does the right thing at this moment because people are losing confidence at the government the way it handles the election. What is spoken on the stage is not seen on the ground.

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 01:54 AM

    Yes, but US and Norway money is working very well.

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 02:12 AM

    Dear US,
    Please talk for the democracy and law. Sri Lankans are NOT enjoyig either any of those today.
    Please help the person who can establish the democracy and law in the country again with a new leadership.

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 02:12 AM

    Aaanna boruwak kiwwaa.. kethai honde...

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 08:52 AM

    outcome whatever, people too expect free & fair election to protect democracy.hope us & eu playa vitol role

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 09:00 AM

    I'd really love to believe this. But, the fact's are not in its favour.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 09:19 AM

    This is good and correct.....It is our present regime that is creating false stories that other countries are interfeering into our internal affairs....at the same time doing what the Indian congress party wanted to help them win their elections....We could have lost the war by stooging down to the Indian requirment if not for brave leadership of SF

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 09:22 AM

    in my opinion the biggest trouble maker in this world is usa.this world would be much better if usa stops meddling in the affaires of other countries. ranjit de mel berlin

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 09:56 AM

    I admire their candour but it is inconceivable that they can remain impartial when one candidate is a US resident.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 10:00 AM

    For peaceful, prosperous and democratic Sri Lanka, Sarath Fonseka should come to power. If same people come it will be another Zimbabwe.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 10:11 AM

    Why your ambassador talks about number of complaints and why she counts how many cut outs are there?

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 10:36 AM

    What a laughing statement.

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 06:46 AM

    dont talk rubbish dude, be a gentleman, see the reality. SF is going to save us.

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 11:12 AM

    So, dear ambassador, what is that regime change story?

    Saturday, 16 January 2010 11:50 AM

    SF was brave enough to betray the country after visting USA !


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