Nepal has refuted claims made by a Sri Lankan minister that it had sought the island nation's help to diffuse the ongoing political crisis in the Himalyan nation. Sri Lankan external affairs minister GL Peiris had stated in parliament on Wednesday that Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav had sought his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa's help.
He said that the request was made when both the presidents had met last month in China on sidelines of the Shanghai Expo.
"It is a baseless claim. No such request was made by the President during his meeting with the Sri Lankan President," Rajendra Dahal, press advisor to President Ram Baran Yadav told HT.
He added that the Nepali embassy in Sri Lanka has also issued a statement terming the claim as unsubstantiated.
The fresh development comes amid growing resentment in Nepal against India's alleged interference in the deadlocked prime ministerial poll.
Despite 16 rounds of voting since Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal's resignation in June, Nepal has failed to find a replacement.
Difference among parties over who should head the next government is the main reason for the impasse.
Maoist party chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal who withdrew from the contest after seven failed attempts has accused India of sabotaging his chances at regaining the post he quit in May last year.
The delay in electing a new prime minister has also affected the peace process and drafting of the country's new constitution.
Integration of former Maoist combatants into Nepal's army is another area of dispute that has brought the four year old peace process to a near halt.
In July this year Rajapaksa has visited Male to mediate in the crisis between the Maldives President and the opposition controlled parliament.
"President Rajapaksa is now being accepted not only as the leader of Sri Lanka but as a regional leader too," Peiris was quoted by Sri Lankan media.
The minister's statement was widely reported in the island's media as reflection of Rajapaksa’s growing stature both within Sri Lanka and outside.
YOU CAN'T FOOL THE WORLD LIKE SRILANKAN "GODAYAS" MAN
sanje Friday, 26 November 2010 03:36 AM
This man G.L. has become a one hell of aconner since lately.
Parakrama Friday, 26 November 2010 03:41 AM
Best joke for today
SriLankan Friday, 26 November 2010 03:52 AM
Who take Mr. Peiris seriously ?. Another Political product of Panadura like Ronnie the Pani , but this man Talks ONLY No work!
YURI Friday, 26 November 2010 04:07 AM
Dont worry Nepal, sometime we talk rubish. why you take serious about it. This is how we do Politics
Above the crowd Friday, 26 November 2010 01:32 PM
Daily Mirror, you do a good job and a service to the country.
RUWANI Friday, 26 November 2010 01:45 PM
Hooooo.Gl HOOOO. trying to gain brownie points with the mahajara & disgracing the whole country by brazenly lying.
Kudos to u daily mirror for having the guts to print this
Ahamed Ehzan Friday, 26 November 2010 04:33 AM
This is hilarious! What an embarrassment for Sri Lanka. GL should get his facts right! Regional Leader!!!! haha!
Ajward Friday, 26 November 2010 04:39 AM
On this issue, G.L. Peris should resign from his post if he has any shame or self respect left with him at all.
Meshach Reuben Friday, 26 November 2010 04:43 AM
come on GL sir, pull up your socks.. dont follow the footsteps of your predeccesor...
Tom Friday, 26 November 2010 05:05 AM
Why do you want to demand things that does not exist?
ruwi Friday, 26 November 2010 05:36 AM
The south korean defense minister handed in his resignation after the attacks earlier this week....This kind of blunder cannot be tolerated if our country is in all honesty trying to become a leading nation in asia....Biggest problem is... Politician boat/slander other countries in our native tongue cause they think it will not be translated....
PRANANDU Friday, 26 November 2010 06:08 AM
WHO IS TALKING THE TRUTH?
gl ge appa Friday, 26 November 2010 04:19 PM
A small change. wrong people at right places. it applies to MR as well. A pig in a chair of honorable leader.
Sanj Friday, 26 November 2010 07:18 AM
Good lesson for the media men who is "kade yana" for the govt, just for a bottle of arrack and piece of BBQ chicken
victoria Friday, 26 November 2010 07:21 AM
Only those politicians think about the future of the country does that - In Sri Lanka all politicians think about THEIR future and they would not dare to do it??
unl Friday, 26 November 2010 07:30 AM
Let's start from Ranil
Ray Friday, 26 November 2010 05:26 PM
If what you say is true, Foriegn ministry would have made a Clarity Statement. They haven't yet.
believeit ornot Friday, 26 November 2010 07:42 AM
Growing stature within Sri Lanka, may be. But not outside. Only wishful thinking. Ministers must go to classes on public relations/communication skills
N.B.M.Arachchi Friday, 26 November 2010 08:00 AM
These guys are born to lie without any shame... actually this is tiny issue cosidering the promises offered by MR during presidential election.
Jagath Friday, 26 November 2010 07:36 PM
This is the work of our brilliant FOOLISH Professor.!!!!!
TOUGH KID Friday, 26 November 2010 08:16 AM
lankan Friday, 26 November 2010 08:19 AM
This is not GL's fault.Its MR's fault.He should have removed this fellow from the cabinet some time back.Wrong people in wrong places,example: Professor GL,Dr.Mervin.
VERMIN Friday, 26 November 2010 08:20 AM
PLEASE DON'T BLAME THE AFFABLE MINISTER. IN HIS EAGERNESS FOR ELOQUENCE, HE SOMETIMES LOSES THE SUBSTANCE IN WHAT HE SPEAKS.
Ross Milan Sunday, 28 November 2010 10:15 PM
G.L should challenge it if he had said so. But this is not the first time GL made this type of blunders. It's not good for the President & the country.
Citizen Friday, 26 November 2010 08:34 AM
The Prez should kick the Professor out of the Cabinet for bringing him to such a disrepute! He thought the Nepalese also would stomach his normal "baila" talk. Damned disgrace!
mahesh Friday, 26 November 2010 08:43 AM
Thanks Daily Mirror.You are brave enough to publish this news.But I didn't see still a Sinhala news paper published this.
Naleen Pradeep Friday, 26 November 2010 08:45 AM
Our cabinet fools try to show colours..a good lesson for them
Niran Friday, 26 November 2010 09:03 AM
Clean up your own backyard before advising others!
malasekara Friday, 26 November 2010 09:29 AM
No comments from foreign ministry officials?
Ruwan Ferdinandez Friday, 26 November 2010 09:33 AM
Why would GL resign when he was possibly talking the truth? It is Nepal who are in trouble and are struggling to speak with one voice. The man who refutes this is not the man who GL was referring to.
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