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Former US Ambassador in Colombo Ashley Wills in 2003 had informed the State Department that President Chandrika Kumaratunga was ‘quite pro-French’, a latest WikiLeaks cable revealed.

The cable classified as ‘Confidential’ analyses the Sri Lanka’s pro-US foreign policy under Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The cable was written on May 29, 2003 by US Ambassador E. Ashley Wills.

Ambassador Wills wrote: “In addition to the entrenched bureaucracy in the MFA, Wickremesinghe’s tilt toward the U.S. has also encountered sharp resistance from the president, her People’s Alliance (PA) party, and the radical Janantha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) party. While she is not anti-US per se, President Kumaratunga — who shares a very tense cohabitation relationship with the PM — is not particularly friendly to our international positions on issues as diverse as Iraq, climate change, the ICC, general North/South affairs, etc.”

“Kumaratunga’s stance seems to be strongly influenced by the fact that her parents, who were both prime ministers, were advocates of NAM-type thinking on the international stage. The president’s Sorbonne education also appears to have affected her and she is quite pro-French. As could be expected, the president’s PA party basically mirrors her perspectives. As for the leftist JVP, the party has always been strongly anti-U.S., accusing us routinely in public of being the arch-imperialist. Given that an alliance between a large section of the PA with the JVP is set to be announced soon, there is little indication that Opposition views of the U.S. will improve in the near-term,” Wills further said.
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  • Gameeka Monday, 12 December 2011 06:18 AM

    She was Pro-Everything except for being Pro-Srilankan

    ajith Monday, 12 December 2011 06:23 AM

    The most horrible ruler of Srilanka

    Jamis Banda Monday, 12 December 2011 06:44 AM

    No politician loves the country and we appoint them - that's what's sad !!

    xlntgson Monday, 12 December 2011 06:48 AM

    She was non-aligned, though loved French culture for herself.

    RF Monday, 12 December 2011 08:37 AM

    This is not a current problem. This is a 2003 problem... SO not to worry too much...

    Tommy Monday, 12 December 2011 12:32 AM

    Assange is still leaking..

    A W Abdulkany Monday, 12 December 2011 04:04 AM

    It doesn't matter whether she was a pro-French or pro-America, did that helped the people of Sri Lanka to overcome economic problems, increase investments in the country or any other things which made our countrymen improve their lives. Everyone is pro and anti of something. so What is the problem now.

    izzeth Monday, 12 December 2011 04:42 AM

    sri lankans will dicide on our policy not us or uk

    kondebendapucheena Monday, 12 December 2011 04:51 AM

    During her tenure is worst time we had. lots of people died with war and solders died with war debacles no significance thing happen

    Aristotle Monday, 12 December 2011 06:08 AM

    It is even worse now, sorry. Time for a trim!


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