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Conspiracy to tarnish Lanka’s image: Keheliya

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The government yesterday said there might be elements with vested interests trying to tarnish the image of Sri Lanka by falsely accusing the country of being a haven for human smuggling.

Government spokesman and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said no Sri Lankans were found in the most recent cases of asylum seekers who were arrested or found in capsized boats.

“There was a lot of misleading information being disseminated recently implicating Sri Lanka as the originating point for asylum seekers. This is only hyped up information with no truth in it” he said

Mr. Rambukwella also said people with vested interests seemed to be planting the term ‘Sri Lanka’ into incidents of asylum seekers in order to further their agendas. “Obviously there is an element of doubt regarding these allegations, people with vested interest seem to have their own agendas of tarnishing the name of the country” he said.

Minister Rambukwella said this explained why the name of the country was always recorded as the port during initial reports, but later retracted. “There were no Lankans in the recent boat controversies, but the country’s name was planted in initially, to meet ulterior motives of some elements,” he said.(Hafeel Farisz)
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  • RAJU Wednesday, 04 July 2012 05:13 AM

    LANKA'S IMAGE? WHERE IT IS? IT IS ALREADY GONE IN THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA.

    Guru Wednesday, 04 July 2012 07:14 AM

    What image are you talking about. There is no smoke without fire..

    jude Wednesday, 04 July 2012 04:34 AM

    Without exaggeration SL is Haven for Human Smuggling. And of course some politicians are involved in this lucrative business.

    Shez Wednesday, 04 July 2012 04:55 AM

    No Smoke without Fire !!!

    asoka Wednesday, 04 July 2012 04:58 AM

    as if anything remaining to do so...you came back and started barking again...

    Renu Wednesday, 04 July 2012 04:54 AM

    There is nothing more to tarnish Sri-Lankan image , as pepople4 like you have already tarnished it long time ago in the eyes of International community

    kapa ta Pissu Wednesday, 04 July 2012 04:50 AM

    The washing machine is making his usual utter crap, rather than investigating why so many trawlers sail out of SL and toughening the rules and increasing security around SL waters. When will this international conspiracy theory will end?

    Humbug Wednesday, 04 July 2012 04:58 AM

    The Government's own Head of the Counter Trafikking Unit states that SL is being used for asylum seekers. Is he a part of the 'conspiracy.? It is only a government without solutions, that sees conspirators around every corner to account for its lack of governance.

    Mason Wednesday, 04 July 2012 05:07 AM

    Mr. Minister, you appear not to be in touch with realty. Your government has tarnished the reputation of Sri Lanka beyond repair and keeps on doing. The recent attack on UNP Media office and arrest of the personnel violating human rights is the latest on the long list of abuses.
    The government MPs and Politicians are least interested in the image or welfare of the country. Their sole interest is in making money.


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