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 By Kshanika Argent


 British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s presence at the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) conference in London is an ‘unethical’ act of a government that preaches democracy, Government Defence Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwela told Daily Mirror online.


Mr. Rambukwela stated, “If the GTF is affiliated with the LTTE, then we regret that a nation such Britain would preach democracy while attending a forum that preaches terrorism. Would they speak at a forum that is sympathetic or supportive towards the Al Qaeda? Al Qaeda is a banned terrorist organization, just like the LTTE was banned by Britain. What is the difference between these two organizations? We see a different stance on two terrorist organizations, a different treatment and that is the sad part.”


Brown’s attendance added to the controversy created by his Foreign Secretary David Miliband who had also attended the same event which was held at the British parliamentary complex on Wednesday. Foreign Secretary Miliband addressed the gathering and had called upon the Sri Lankan government to make ‘constitutional changes’ aimed at power sharing.


Mr. Rambukwela went on to state that Sri Lanka has made a formal protest over the Foreign Secretary Miliband and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s decision to attend and address gathering.



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  • Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:18 PM

    These "Rubber bands" Foxes and Brownies think that is the democracy. With their Royal Family... Is that Democracy???
    Democracy Redefined !!!

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:19 PM

    what does GOSL knows about ethics! cut the crap man save ur words!

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:24 PM

    What a joke! See who is talking about ETHICS.

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:25 PM

    Democracy ! Ethics !
    Sorry, Ramb. come ON !

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:31 PM

    You were elected UNPer
    Now with UPFA.
    How ethical is that.

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:31 PM

    Stop wasting your breath! If you dont do as they tell you to, then they will continue to harrass us; best we ignore them

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:34 PM

    Yes Sri Lankan Politicos always do Ethical things only !

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:35 PM

    "Un Ethical" They allowed the use of their parliament building and many of them attended the meeting a Buddhist Priest and a Imam from Sri Lanka were also there . Yes its totally un ethical . Trying to talk about what is happening in their country

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:35 PM

    Can you name a Tamil Forum that is not assocaiated with LTTE. Why do you demonise all the Tamils as LTTE? GTF has said that they are fighting for the rights of Tamil people through peaceful means. Tthey are obviously not follwing the footsteps of LTTE.

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:38 PM

    Rambuk,so many unethical things are happening in this world.

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:39 PM

    Great Britain is not rulled by Sri Lanka , so be calm and watch the drama

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:41 PM

    Ok Sri Lankans..Only way to counter these kind of acts from West through our own development. Let's try to work hard and raise our level to match them.
    Let's be united and focus on 5 main areas in Mahinda Chinthanaya.


    Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:43 PM

    HA HA... WHO WORRIED ... WHAT.....
    ? DEMOCRACY????????????

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:43 PM

    UK thinks the following logic . . .
    All LTTE's are Tamil, But Not all Tamils are LTTE!

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:44 PM

    somebody should take care of the matter with the rights of minorities in SL. The GoSL failed until now so no point in complaining that somebody else does it Mr. Minister.
    I remember the GoSL does not allow anybody to interfere / dictate in their matters and why do you believe that what you say would interest Mr. Brown?

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:47 PM

    Mr. Rambukwela, I am sorry to say this to you that as far as the world is concerned that GOSL is also a state terriorism and may be the best way to deal with the state terriorism is to work with the real terrorist who have some connection to the state terririsom.

    If you are concerned, may be you and your fello ministers should resign and let someone who has true regard to democracy.

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:48 PM

    Very good comment from a very ethical government !!!


    Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:51 PM

    Keheliya talks about ethics... wat a joke...

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:57 PM

    I am sure Miliband is personally doing this in connivance with Solheim, to take revenge from the President.

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 03:58 PM


    Thursday, 25 February 2010 04:00 PM

    keheli boy, quit the colonial commonwealth org and end diplomatic ties with uk. end of story. stop feeling sorry for lanka without standing up for our integrity.

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 04:08 PM

    What are you talking about Rambuk?...Dont think that the way you treat Fonseka..and Mahanayaka....and other innocent people who speak truth. you can teach lesson to UK guys.?....It is reported that 3 r part of IMF loan already delayed due to unhappy about sri lankan govt...Zimbabwe received the treatment because of Mugabes big mouth...we are on the line...

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 04:10 PM

    If the Sri Lankan Govt. doesn’t like British Govt. supporting the legitimate rights of Tamil speaking people in Sri Lanka, wants to investigate war crimes ( by all sides ) and promote respect for human rights, then Govt have the right to boycott the UK market and turn all the British tourist away at the Colombo airport. If we want access to their market (their money), then we better start listening what they have say too!!!

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 05:23 PM

    srilanka government not par with british government at any form. we have to listen the advanced countries to develop our country, simply oppossed is not good for srilanka.

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 06:38 PM

    I request all 300,000 Tamils, living in UK, to support the Labour Party.

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 06:48 PM

    A hero is not somebody who could violate the laws and regulations of country ...

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 06:50 PM

    It is ethical!

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 06:56 PM

    Keheliya, who are you to talk about ethics?

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 07:13 PM

    Talking about ethics ... Is kidnapping journalists ethical? Is beating journalists ethical? Is imprisoning the opposition ethical? Please 'put your house in order' before you speak about what is ethical!

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 07:30 PM

    How come the GOSL can tell the British government 'what to do and what not to do' when they keep saying that foreign countries have no right to tell us 'what to do and what not to do' ? ? ?

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 07:32 PM

    Mr Keheliya, ... we know your ethics, very well!

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 07:59 PM

    What ethics? The man who got UNP votes to become an MP and then betrayed all of them (in the UNP heartland of Kandy) ... now talking about ethics. Why? Do you think that all Tamils are terrorists?

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 08:25 PM

    Rambu, have you forgotten your threat to the Royal College Principal, where your son was involved? You will be a thing of the past, after the April election.

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 08:31 PM

    Well said!

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 08:32 PM

    It's election time in the UK and the guys will do anything to get their votes. The best is to look after your own ethics, which have not done any good for Sri Lanka. At least the 'whites' are looking after their citizens in GB, unlike you politicos in Sri Lanka.

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 08:36 PM

    Miliband has no right to insist on SRI LANKA'S doing anything!

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 08:55 PM

    The British democracy is in its 'doom' days ...

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 08:57 PM

    Mr. Keheliya ... 'practice, before you preach'!

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 09:08 PM

    Politicos are never known to have ETHICS, whether Eastern or Western ...

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 09:26 PM

    Has he done everything according to ethics?

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 09:57 PM

    Keheliya, talking about ethics? The joke of the century! For that matter, none of the SL politicians can afford to talk about ethics.

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 10:50 PM

    Is it 'ethical' to sit alongside Karuna & Pillaiyan?

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 11:27 PM

    Obviously, Keheliya has not understood what Milliband said at this forum.

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 11:36 PM

    Yes, it is a tactic of this government to ... sneak-away from providing a political solution ...

    Thursday, 25 February 2010 11:48 PM

    HA! HA! HA! You were elected from the UNP, and now, are 'mouthpiece' of a regime bent on violating human rights; rights of free journalism; and, the right of free expression. So don't talk about ethics ...

    Friday, 26 February 2010 12:09 AM

    The West wants MR out, at any cost, simply because he did not listen to their demands, during the last stages of the war!

    Friday, 26 February 2010 12:13 AM

    This is the deal, which British politicians are having with LTTE supportes, to win their own elections! How ethical is that?

    Friday, 26 February 2010 12:15 AM

    I think we have to leave behind 'cheap' politics and get together to fight against these Western political 'games,' as influenced by LTTE support groups. Otherwise, no matter who wins, our future generation will lose their motherland!

    Friday, 26 February 2010 03:02 AM


    Friday, 26 February 2010 03:05 AM

    Dear minister,

    Before educating Ethical Things to Brown,
    open and see is there any thing Ethical in this country today?

    Friday, 26 February 2010 03:12 AM

    Great Britain is not ruled by MR brothers. They might not be the powerful country in the world. But they certainely can shake some things up.What is funny is that, after committing all unethical killing and this guy come now talking about ethics. Clean up your acts before you preach others.

    Friday, 26 February 2010 03:13 AM

    MR Rambukwela and government talking ecthis. ministers are fooling the public. time has to go home.

    Friday, 26 February 2010 03:14 AM

    the president of srilanka not fit in the global world...

    Friday, 26 February 2010 03:14 AM

    Well said.........

    Friday, 26 February 2010 03:15 AM

    Ahhhha.......ahahahah ............... lol .............

    Friday, 26 February 2010 03:16 AM

    Stop talking to daily mirror & address yr remarks directly to the british government.stop engaging in cheap rhetoric to fool gullible srilankans . as for ethics what are the ethics YOU practise - got votes from the UNP ppl & joined the UPFA which is engaging in the most undemocratic unethical acts .- SO MR K JUST SHUT UP WILL YOU.

    Friday, 26 February 2010 03:25 AM

    Yeah. You are correct ................ He does't know what his preach in the forum............. even though the 300,000 tamil peoples are there citizen.

    Friday, 26 February 2010 03:28 AM

    he he .. save your "words" dude.. Do you know the meaning of
    the word "ethics"?

    Friday, 26 February 2010 03:29 AM

    Look whose talking about ethics? Get the beam out of your eye before looking for scab in other's eyes. This man Rambukwela must find some garbage to talk about because it is his meal .ticket

    Friday, 26 February 2010 03:39 AM


    Friday, 26 February 2010 03:42 AM

    This is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.The biggest joke is that Kehiliya is talking of ethics where his government has not follow a semblence of ethics and does not know its meaning. Why get so excited and how many government spokesmen are there contradicting each other? Why is it that Weerawamsa who talks about conspiracies of western countries to destabalize Sri Lanka on the drop of a hat silent on this event?

    Friday, 26 February 2010 03:46 AM

    Yes UK have ethics, Do not kid your self.Go read history,

    Friday, 26 February 2010 03:51 AM

    Mr. Minister, Before blaming others of unethical things think whether what you have done are ethical?

    Friday, 26 February 2010 03:52 AM

    If this is a pro-LTTE conference & Britain is construed as supporting it, then how come Miliband heavily criticized the LTTE at the very same conference?

    Friday, 26 February 2010 03:54 AM

    Mr. Rambu,. You are still in the Parliament and a Minister with the UNP votes. You continue to criticize UNP by being in the Parliament with UNP votes. Is that ethical? How can you blame others of unethical things when you yourself are highly unethical? Mind your language Mr Rambu.

    Friday, 26 February 2010 03:55 AM

    Who are we to question what the Britishers R doing? Not only in Sri Lanka do we have Tamils? Originally India is the birth place of Tamils. Now there are Tamils in the Whole world. This Conference is a Global Forum addressing to the Tamil Communities the world over.

    Friday, 26 February 2010 03:55 AM

    The mistake of victimsing Gen Sarath Fonseka, Do justice to get justice.

    Friday, 26 February 2010 03:57 AM

    Chameera, Hope all Sri Lanka's are not idiot like this one, if so for many generations to come our motherland will be like the same.

    Friday, 26 February 2010 04:00 AM

    This is typical Sri Lankan attitude. We have inferiority-complex and think we can't stand on our own. If Singapore, Japan etc. thought the same way they would have been like us even today.
    DONOT wait other develop countries to come and develop our country. They will never do that. They will always look at their own interest. At least now get out of this third world mentality.

    Friday, 26 February 2010 04:04 AM

    is the GOSL against LTTE or all the tamils in the world.. y oppose the global tamil forum??

    Friday, 26 February 2010 04:05 AM

    These countries don't care MR even for a hoot

    Friday, 26 February 2010 04:19 AM

    Dear Mr. Rambukwella,

    Better not comment on things which are not relevant to you. Leave it to the Competent (Hmp... Butter flies in my tummy) ministries (Which we have many) to address the same. These washing machines, er.. do excuse me: the ministers will do the job. I don't believe any one of our boys are in that league.

    I'm still to come across a state where ministers comment on diplomatically sensitive issues which are not their protocol. Or you are just sucking up to the big man since your performance appraisals are around the corner. Shame!

    Friday, 26 February 2010 04:25 AM

    If SL understand this fact SL would have been a peacefull country. They just do not get this. What can u expect.

    Friday, 26 February 2010 04:26 AM

    Its sad that most of the Sri Lankans are entangled in mahinda & SF battle. they have forgotten the common enemy they were fighting with. LTTE is looking for further cracks in politics to make there way in.

    Dont hate the player, hate the game....

    Friday, 26 February 2010 04:28 AM

    very true..think rationally rater than falling behind politicians and magicians.

    Friday, 26 February 2010 04:31 AM

    machan dont hate the player hate the game.......

    have you forgotten the common enemy???

    Friday, 26 February 2010 04:33 AM

    Wat rubbish , first put Ur house in order before u point Ur finger at others, its shame for u, Lukshman Yapa, Rajitha Mahinda Samarasinghe, and the rest of the opportunist ,who were elected by the unp and enjoying all the perks and trying to defend the undemocratic things happening in this country.

    Friday, 26 February 2010 04:33 AM

    I hope you are not refering to Gen.Fonseka. The govt. hasn't proved anything it claims the General has committed. So he is innocent, until proven otherwise. But to drag along the floor the ex-commander of some 200,000 troops of the foremost of all four forces and destroying all dignity he deserve for facing up to bullets and bombs to lliberate his mother country is ETHICAL? someone who got elected promising UNP policies and now criticising same?

    Friday, 26 February 2010 04:40 AM

    Ethics ? What is that ?

    Friday, 26 February 2010 04:41 AM


    Friday, 26 February 2010 04:45 AM

    These people have no right to talk of ethics as they themselves are gross violaters. They should direct the fingers towards them.

    Friday, 26 February 2010 04:52 AM

    why do you look all the tamils are LTTE? Why don't you accept that any human has the right to struggle for their rights in a peaceful manner. After wiping out terrorism in the country, what has the government done to bring a political solution to a long lasting ethnic conflict? If the government continues to ignore the political solution, they cannot stop such forums continue....
    First, ensure "Ethics" of a good governance in the motherland...

    Friday, 26 February 2010 04:52 AM

    Maku sure "Rubber band" does not hit you back.

    Friday, 26 February 2010 04:56 AM

    Is your blood still green??? after the Presidential debacle??

    Friday, 26 February 2010 04:57 AM

    Pot calling the kettle black...

    Friday, 26 February 2010 04:59 AM

    We know that there are wheels within wheels!!! Experience of 34 years LTTE mayhem.

    Friday, 26 February 2010 05:01 AM

    As long as you are not LTTE, you do not have to worry about Keheliya.

    Friday, 26 February 2010 05:02 AM

    A lot of people have commented against Rambu's statement, but not for the right reasons. The point is that GTF is not preaching terrorism, they are simply asking for Tamil's rights. Sri Lankan government continues to play the terrorist card to deny Tamils their rights. But the world will not be fooled much longer, and Mr. Brown's attendance is a sign of this. Talk to Tamils without demonizing them, they have a right to say what they want!

    Friday, 26 February 2010 05:04 AM

    Are all these sections of people YOU mention above the Law??

    Friday, 26 February 2010 05:04 AM

    One must not forget when one finger is pointed at others four fingers are pointed at your own direction. COME ON RAMBUK ...............Better do a soul search!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Friday, 26 February 2010 05:05 AM

    Crying over spilt milk?

    Friday, 26 February 2010 05:08 AM

    Throw a stone at keheliya if you are no sinner!

    Friday, 26 February 2010 05:10 AM

    British democracy died in the streets of Bagdad. And continue to die in killing civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    All this is politics. Trying to get a few hundred thousand votes at the May 2010 UK election.

    Politicians are same everywhere.

    Friday, 26 February 2010 05:11 AM

    To sorry LTTE sympahtizers please give up you unrealistic dream be practical

    Friday, 26 February 2010 05:15 AM

    for in UK-DEMOCRACY, But is Sri Lanka- DEMO-CRACY....

    Friday, 26 February 2010 05:38 AM

    Is it very ethical to keep thousands of civilians in camps? to deny them their basic rights? what about thos that surrendered?

    Friday, 26 February 2010 05:51 AM

    Srilankan politicians, who else?

    Friday, 26 February 2010 04:56 PM

    Brown does what he likes, in his country, the same way you do what you like in yours. If the UK is all that sympathetic towards the LTTE then why have ties with them? Blacklist them & sever all diplomatic ties! Then you can be happy! Isolate yourself & the country even further ...

    Friday, 26 February 2010 05:25 PM

    Why not tell him to close the UK High Commission, in Sri Lanka?

    Friday, 26 February 2010 07:40 PM

    Think that the GTF will come down to Colombo, to get Sri Lanka Defence Ministry approval, to conduct their meeting?

    Friday, 26 February 2010 08:25 PM

    By Kehiliya Rambukwela's loud-mouthed, uncalled-for comments and Sri Lanka's making 'formal protests' over the rights and privileges of legislators of other countries, we are only exposing our folly and making ourselves a 'laughing-stock,' on the international plane.

    Friday, 26 February 2010 09:19 PM

    'Kohedha yanne?' 'Malle pol!'

    Friday, 26 February 2010 09:22 PM

    What a useless government. Instead of addresing the root causes to the problem, it prefers to be arrogant!

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