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The embarrassment caused to President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Britain when attending Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee celebrations had humiliated not only the President but also Sri Lanka, United National Party (UNP) MP Karu Jayasuriya said today.

Mr. Jayasuriya told a news conference that the President had attended this event as a head of a sovereign nation and not as the leader of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

“Therefore, if the President is subjected to humiliation, we consider it as a humiliation to the country as a whole. Although we belong to another political party and hold different views, we must state this fact without any political bias,” he said.

He said he had no intention of expressing his views about Sri Lanka’s participation at this event because it was the sole responsibility of the Government to decide who should attend and at what level.  

“According to reports many countries did not send their heads of states. Some countries were represented by ministerial level delegates. Whenever foreign visits of this nature are planned, it is the External Affairs Ministry which must provide necessary advice and guidance,” Mr. Jayasuriya said. (Kelum Bandara)
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  • Navin Wednesday, 13 June 2012 02:20 PM

    And the nature of this humiliation would be???

    Pissa Wednesday, 13 June 2012 02:25 PM

    so what happened really in the UK? is he talking about the diaspora protest? or something else?

    Bushel Wednesday, 13 June 2012 02:49 PM

    sole responsibility of the Government to decide who should attend and at what level.

    David Wednesday, 13 June 2012 02:56 PM

    He should have avoided the London trip

    Sedawatta Chandi Thursday, 14 June 2012 06:30 AM

    Where are the videos?

    Dinesh Wednesday, 13 June 2012 04:59 PM

    Astrology.....

    Monkey Joe Wednesday, 13 June 2012 08:23 PM

    Saw the videos. It was a humiliation not only for SL but also to it's people.

    Seetha Thursday, 14 June 2012 12:26 PM

    This is what happen with UK prime minister in London:
    UK PM: Mr President how are things progressing in your Country now?
    Mr MR: No problem! No problem! We have got rid of 90% of the problems , people are in piece now!
    UK PM: Looks like people out side are angry about your presence?
    Mr MR” you see, i am used to this kind of things . Once i get rid of them, i mean rest of the 10% problems, Our country will be in piece.

    The Judge Thursday, 14 June 2012 03:04 AM

    Who is responsible for the fiasco??

    Countryman Thursday, 14 June 2012 03:53 AM

    So please act against such move.

    Sue Thursday, 14 June 2012 08:52 AM

    He was not allowed to give his speech and they said it was due to security reasons...

    DXB Thursday, 14 June 2012 04:24 AM

    If anhy one possible please explain what happen , as per my readings it was a sucessfull & couregeous trip .

    sunanda Thursday, 14 June 2012 05:23 AM

    It was a very successful tour as per Sinhalese media. There was not a work about cancelling the key note speech in UK Business Men's Fourm - but English media, specially Sunday Times published all the details. This is how the media freedom now a days. They hoodwink majority Sinhalese.

    UK Boy Wednesday, 13 June 2012 01:41 PM

    well said.

    aa Wednesday, 13 June 2012 01:51 PM

    true


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