British Defence Secretary Liam Fox has postponed a visit to Sri Lanka, following reported Foreign Office concerns about the trip, the Guardian reported.
A spokesman for the defence secretary said: "Dr Fox has postponed his private visit to Sri Lanka due to an extension to his scheduled official visit to the Gulf. He intends to carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka next year, during which he proposes to fulfil the speaking engagement that he had planned."
The Foreign Office is debating whether to appeal to Downing Street to prevent Fox from visiting Sri Lanka.
The row erupted after Fox, who has personal links to Sri Lanka from his time as a Foreign Office minister in the 1990s and who has visited the country twice in the last 13 months, accepted an invitation to deliver the Lakshman Kadirgamar memorial lecture. The invitation was issued by the widow of the late foreign minister, who was murdered by a Tamil Tiger sniper in 2005.
Comments - 45
LANKONIS Friday, 17 December 2010 07:49 AM
Hey British Government. This is Sri Lanka.we can provide security for any person. You are the people who fail to provide security even to a state leader...very shame..
raj Friday, 17 December 2010 02:29 AM
instead, fox should encourage MR to face war crime charge at Briish courts by using his influence. Once the name is cleared, it can be beneficial for both Fox and his friend MR.
Lankan Friday, 17 December 2010 02:32 AM
Yet another blow to Sri Lanka from the UK..
ajja Friday, 17 December 2010 02:34 AM
this goes to prove that the British Government is pro LTTE.
LankanLion Friday, 17 December 2010 02:34 AM
So all war mongers can hold thier hands and cry louder. Civilised community started to hate us for our war crime and subsequent uncivilised behaviours
Suresh Friday, 17 December 2010 06:15 PM
The proverbial FOX also said "who cares. It is sour grapes"
Powerless Friday, 17 December 2010 02:50 AM
Britain should not restrict freedom of movement and freedom of speach, even if it is related to visit to Lanka, a Country lead by Criminals.
Duma Friday, 17 December 2010 02:53 AM
Don't worry Mr. Fox this is Sri Lanka not UK. Our government have enough strength to provide maximum security to a foreign diplomat, even your visit is Private visit.
Daran Friday, 17 December 2010 02:54 AM
This is prove British Tamils Power, the GTF has written a letter yesterday, and the Labour part put pressure on it ...
channa Friday, 17 December 2010 08:42 AM
What warcrimes? UK has become the new Home of LTTE Terrorists.....They will regret it later....
channa Friday, 17 December 2010 08:43 AM
Can you tell who? Ranil, Ravi?
cracko Friday, 17 December 2010 08:40 AM
More will come and from other countries too!
channa Friday, 17 December 2010 08:45 AM
Are you blind .....All the Pro LTTE west and there are puppets trying to pressure SL since they have no excuses.......
Maggie Friday, 17 December 2010 03:13 AM
Mr. Fox the next time you come here Gotabaya might get you arrested and put you behind !!!
Drunk_Cad Friday, 17 December 2010 08:53 AM
If no one cares then why it is published as a news and there are so many 'bothered' comments above. LOL
NAIDE Friday, 17 December 2010 03:17 AM
FOX 'OUTFOXED' ?
M.R.Percige_Putha Friday, 17 December 2010 03:23 AM
Arther Friday, 17 December 2010 08:58 AM
If Mr. Fox is so keen and serious about addressing about Late Mr. Kadirkamer, he could do so via satilite link from the UK thus saving time and money.
Jay Ranaweera Friday, 17 December 2010 09:04 PM
What nosnce man???
DN Friday, 17 December 2010 03:33 AM
Mr. Fox, Don’t worry. Sri Lanka will never allow IRA to demonstrate against the democratically selected leaders. That is not the so called ‘Democracy’.
pissu balla Friday, 17 December 2010 03:43 AM
This is another well planned slap on the face of SL by UK.
kajja Friday, 17 December 2010 03:47 AM
Majority of the present local patriots were pro LTTE before 1994.
KHKaru Friday, 17 December 2010 09:28 AM
Thomas Friday, 17 December 2010 03:57 AM
FOX IN LION'S DEN
Thanga Friday, 17 December 2010 04:00 AM
It may be recalled that Chandrika Kumaratunga thought of appointing Lakshman Kadirgamar as the Prime Minister. Even the JVP backed the move. But Mahinda Rajapakse campaigned vigorously and sought the support of the Maha Sanga to nullify Chandrika's efforts to appoint a Thamil as Prime Minister.
YURI Friday, 17 December 2010 04:00 AM
What the hell is going In SL, why dont they ask in the first place someone from Iran or China or North Korea, Job done by Now. whole world is opening the eye on SL... Bro&bo
YURI Friday, 17 December 2010 04:08 AM
Man you know what you saying.... MR will never put one foot in the UK in his life time.. He is Proud Sri Lankan
Kelby Friday, 17 December 2010 04:06 AM
It's not British Govt. is pro LTTE or British Tamils has Power. British Govt. has come to the conclusion that Govt. of Srilanka has committed grave human rights violation and must be investigated. This one way a democratic country shows their displeasure.
YURI Friday, 17 December 2010 04:13 AM
May be by Now He is a White Tiger, why SL do not call the Embassdor back Colombo to show off...
TOEJOE Friday, 17 December 2010 04:19 AM
Pandula B Friday, 17 December 2010 04:29 AM
Baaaaah! As if we are......... by this postponement or cancellation.
Click Lanka Saturday, 18 December 2010 05:52 PM
UNP AND RANILA IS BEHIND THIS
Fairose Friday, 17 December 2010 04:46 AM
Another blow for this boastful government.
Rohan Friday, 17 December 2010 04:59 AM
proud or scared?
Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 17 December 2010 04:56 AM
All the British Foxes will be devoured by the Tigers in not too distant future; I mean the four legged varieties and mind you they deserve to be digested to oblivion.
malkanthi Friday, 17 December 2010 05:15 AM
yes, also he is anyway a 'FOX"
ajith Saturday, 18 December 2010 06:31 AM
Fox should file action against the dead terrorist Prabakaran and his followers for war crimes committed against Srilankans and Indians. They all must be facing right royal treatment in the hell for sure!!!!!
Rohan Friday, 17 December 2010 12:38 PM
but sad think we can not provide security for ordinary civilians especially tamils rohan
Darren Friday, 17 December 2010 06:14 AM
So???????????????????????????? who cares?????????????????????
Ari Friday, 17 December 2010 03:02 PM
'Mun seroma eka malle pol'!
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