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In response to comments about the name of SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s name not being in the Federal Register, US Ambassador Alaina B.Teplitz said on Monday that the Federal Register could often be months behind the recording of one’s renunciation of citizenship.

In an interactive session with a select group of journalists at her residence, she said the renunciation of citizenship was an administrative process.

“You follow the steps. You eventually renounce your citizenship. However, she declined to comment on specific cases of renunciation citing that she had to abide by the laws of her country."

She made these remarks in response to a question about comments made regarding the absence of Mr. Rajapaksa’s name in the list.

At the event, she also responded to a query about the US embassy expressing concern about the appointment of Maj.Gen. Shavendra Silva. She said it was only an articulation of her country's position.

The ambassador said there was a difference between telling a country what to do and expressing concern on its actions.

“My obligation is to share the policies and decisions of the United States,” she said. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Rizwan Tuesday, 20 August 2019 09:27 AM

    We don't seek any sort of concern or comments about our country's internal decisions from third parties. We really would appreciate if they could mind their own and step away. it seems their really trying to fingering our internal affairs. this how tarnishing a sovereignty of a democratic country.

    sunil vijaya Tuesday, 20 August 2019 09:29 AM

    locals esp. editors fear westerners to publish reports which hurt westerners

    L. PereIra Tuesday, 20 August 2019 09:33 AM

    If the High commissoner is not privy to information of persons current citizenship of his / country? How long does it take for this information to be conveyed to reach immigration authorities in say Air / Sea ports to have this information.?

    cheers Tuesday, 20 August 2019 09:38 AM

    Alaina you have upset your closest buddies UNP and Ranil by this statement now they will purge even more. Secondly you have no right to object Shavendra's appointment listning to tamil tiger proxies in USA. Shavendra was a commander who diminish a terrorist organisation that existed for 30 years also with your country support so do not meddle in our affairs as we do not object to your USA appointments and mind your own business

    Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 20 August 2019 09:45 AM

    That may be that the list is not up to date. However, Gota must have a Certificate of Release from US Citizenship. He can not have this document because he will not be released until his 10 US court cases have been completed.

    Premalal Perera Tuesday, 20 August 2019 09:59 AM

    The question is not whether Mr. Rajapakse renounced his citizenship but being a selfproclaimed patriot why he obtained the US citizenship in the first place. Why did he and presumably his wife swore allegiance to a foreign country by renouncing your own.

    fascist donald Tuesday, 20 August 2019 10:18 AM

    i express my concern that Donald trumpf,the Fascist,racist, is the president of the USA.

    GRU Tuesday, 20 August 2019 12:59 PM

    Take it up with the US senators who won’t abolish the electoral college. Hillary won the popular vote in the US by more than 2 million votes, but the US presidential system isn’t democratically decided and just by winning the right states Donald became president.

    MY BUSINESS IS NOT YOURS Tuesday, 20 August 2019 12:56 PM

    First it was Alice now Alaina - To both of you -> “If everybody minded their own business,’ the Duchess said in a hoarse growl, ‘the world would go round a deal faster than it does.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    shani sen Tuesday, 20 August 2019 07:42 PM

    Sri Lanka`s rights being violated by this woman over and over. Hate seeing that face on T.V every now and then offering a so called gift to the country.Please take it back to your land and distribute it among the endless number of homeless people in your country. Their suffering as well you know.

    Nihal in USA Tuesday, 20 August 2019 08:43 PM

    In war, all parties lose lives


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