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A top British official’s planned visit to Sri Lanka next week has been postponed indefinitely, following protests against the UK in Colombo, the PTI reported.

Alastair Burt, Secretary of State of Foreign and Commonwealth office for South Asia, was due to visit the island nation next week, alongside his tour of two other countries in the region - Bangladesh and Maldives.

“Over the past few days we have been discussing the possibility of altering the dates of the proposed visit due to parliamentary pressures in the UK,” an official of the British High Commission in Colombo said. “We hope to re-arrange these visits as soon as possible.”

Last Friday hundreds of pro-government supporters led by a Cabinet Minister demonstrated in front of the British High Commission in Colombo to protest what they called the UK’s support to Tamil separatists

The scheduled speech by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Oxford University was canceled by the University authority following alleged pressure from the Tamil groups in London.

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  • nagu Sunday, 05 December 2010 03:59 PM

    So what?

    #srilankan2 Sunday, 05 December 2010 05:10 PM

    is this visit official?

    summa Monday, 06 December 2010 09:59 AM

    This is rediculous ignorance.
    Do the simple thing...go to Oxford Union web site and see their appology for the incident.
    You cant fool all the people all the time.

    Hash Monday, 06 December 2010 02:46 AM

    This is nothing to do with wimal. Read the acticle fully rather than only the heading

    karu Monday, 06 December 2010 12:20 PM

    If patriots are idiots, I'd rather be an idiot than a wise guy like you, Suny.!

    Sundaram Monday, 06 December 2010 02:54 AM

    Kap, the best thing we found is peace! This is worth more than anything. LTTE killing machine is stopped.

    Sundaram Monday, 06 December 2010 02:57 AM

    They have given life to LTTE

    Suny J from Melbourn Monday, 06 December 2010 03:11 AM

    nice one... these socalled media savy patriotic i--ots will never learn...one disaster to another....

    KD Sunday, 05 December 2010 06:55 AM

    Oh my god. Is this the end of the world?

    Musthafa Bawa Sunday, 05 December 2010 06:56 AM

    we must show UK politician as well matured people, give him warm welcome. White skin people must leran from us

    Heamu Sunday, 05 December 2010 07:02 AM

    Alastair Burt, Secretary, you are welcome here but we will cancel every meeting you wish to attend.

    Anushka Sunday, 05 December 2010 07:22 AM

    Our people will probably give them a taste of their own medicine if they come here right now.

    Dingimahattaya Sunday, 05 December 2010 07:37 AM

    Dear Burt, better you cancel the trip at the moment, because the Nation on a hot plate, the way British government treat our President.

    Dingi-USA

    shiva Sunday, 05 December 2010 07:48 AM

    We may have are own internal issues with the current regime. That dose not mean we allow the president to be insulted out side our country..

    kap Sunday, 05 December 2010 08:01 AM

    Some of Srilankans behave as we found lots of natural resources after the war. Little they realise that we just won a decade long war and restarting life from ruins. This need money and help from developed countries. Especially EU and commonwealth countries. Let the leaders decide whats best for country while commoners just do their share in development. Mahinda was snubbed at a private visit and UK gvt got nothing involved in it. These fools march all over country and protesting while the high commissioner having a wine and cigar and laughing at WIMAL

    Eddie Gunasekera Monday, 06 December 2010 04:01 AM

    What Oxford Invitation they are talking about. Dont mix up things.This so called invitation is nor from Oxford unversity. Some kollas from Srilanka invited our man to UK. There are only about ten people in this association.

    This DUMBO walked into a humiliating situation not keeping in line with the status of a state leader.

    Who are to be blamed. Mr Minister. Dont organise protests in Colombo in front of the HIgh Commssion. MR knew where he was going and what he was in for. What a disgrace for us.

    Statesmen are born butr not made.

    They should know what Diplomatic Protocal is and the privileges one enjoy as a head of state,
    .

    kali p Sunday, 05 December 2010 08:37 AM

    well said man... this is becoming a joke... we dont need to beg, but we need to know how to handle both our enemies and our allies in a diplomatic manner, not like bulls in a china shop!

    Common Man Sunday, 05 December 2010 08:39 AM

    Just like any foolish thing ( first ) in the world, British have given a very bad FIRST example by letting the Terrorists to upset admin affairs of a VVIP. (02 Dec). Brits will face problems of this nature wherever (most) they have planted time bombs in the world.

    local boy Sunday, 05 December 2010 08:50 AM

    no bulls in china anymore mate !!

    Piyal Sunday, 05 December 2010 09:06 AM

    The cabinet minister responsible is good for nothing but acting. Sri Lankans have seen this drama once too often, and quite frankly fed up with it!

    Rakitha Sunday, 05 December 2010 09:12 AM

    well said.............. Insult pir President means insulting every Sri Lankan (Sinhalise,Muslims and Tamils who love Mother Lanka) Shame on UK and her people

    Kithul Ramba Sunday, 05 December 2010 09:22 AM

    Stay at home and Help to clear the snow,

    Pawlpakse Sunday, 05 December 2010 09:28 AM

    I believe Alastair Burt is to come to SL on an official visit. Not a private visit.

    David Sunday, 05 December 2010 09:30 AM

    mate tell me how much UK has given to development projects in Sri Lanka during last 1 year ? may be in your imaginary world ...!!! find some facts without uttering whatever comes to your mind

    sribala_bogabala Monday, 06 December 2010 04:55 AM

    Yes, that is correct.

    Hash Sunday, 05 December 2010 09:47 AM

    Thanks to the MR WW

    sribala_bogabala Monday, 06 December 2010 05:01 AM

    Just don't comment about things you don't know.

    local boy Sunday, 05 December 2010 09:49 AM

    david, its 1/1000 from Chinese development assistance

    oyage podi guru Sunday, 05 December 2010 09:57 AM

    Like the Dehiwala fly-over, perhance?

    channa Monday, 06 December 2010 03:04 PM

    LTTE must have threaten him not to go to SL...

    Saradial Monday, 06 December 2010 05:25 AM

    Don't think about visting to Sri Lanka our minister of protesting WW is always on alert

    Raj Sunday, 05 December 2010 11:50 AM

    Mr went on a private visit o UK not on an official visit

    Common Man Monday, 06 December 2010 06:52 AM

    Invited or not, a democratically elected leader has every right to engage in his affairs and the recipient country must provide him with the diplomatic assistance. A third grade Brit. High commissioner (Diplomat) In Sri Lanka is receiving much more protection from our Forces. (Your ruler is ruler, Our Ruler is Foot Ruler, Is it?)

    kumar Sunday, 05 December 2010 12:28 PM

    What I really like to see is a total reduction of STUDENTS going to the UK. That is something we can do.

    Lakmikanth Sunday, 05 December 2010 01:17 PM

    Yes,it is better to cancel your trip Burt, because we are not in a position to provide security measures for you ,as your government did for our president.

    I the Jury Monday, 06 December 2010 07:40 AM

    Common Man, you have no common sense. Just because its a head of state, every country is not prepared to look after them during their leisure or private trips.

    Raj Sunday, 05 December 2010 01:47 PM

    Well don Wimal - now you can see your handy work. You have to be very very proud of yourself. CONGRATULATIONS.

    Yehiya-Doha Sunday, 05 December 2010 02:23 PM

    Our cabinet ministers need some sort of training. Below the beanch people appointed to minister. Mostly suffering man is speaker.


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