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Sri lanka lent money to UK during D.S Senanayakes time: Ruwan

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Sri Lanka was lending money to the UK during the era of former Prime Minister the late D.S. Senanayake though it has become indebted to almost all-powerful nations at the moment, UNP Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardene said yesterday.

Mr. Wijewardene who was speaking during a ceremony held at Botale Walawwa to mark the 69th death anniversary of Mr. Senananayake who founded the UNP.

“Sri Lanka did not owe any money to any other country during the time of late Prime Minister Senanayake while no funds were borrowed for the Gal Oya project which he initiated. He did not think of his pocket but only focused on the wellbeing of the people,” Mr. Wijewardene said.

“ Mr. Senanayake maintained a sound diplomatic relationship with all nations including those in the West and countries such as China. Sri Lanka lent money to the countries such as the UK during his time,” he added.

“He was accused of spreading Malaria when he started the colonization programme. However Mr. Senanayake saw to it that medical assistance was available for those who were settled in those colonies. He was able to control the spread of malaria unlike today where the spread of COVID 19 is hardly controlled. The authorities’ today claim that the Medical Research Institute had given its approval for the Chinese vaccine. However this claim is made after four directors of the institute have resigned from their posts,” he said.

“ The British ridiculed him when he started his struggle for independence. However Mr. Senanayake managed to bring the Tamil Muslim and Sinhalese political groups together and form the UNP and to bring freedom to the nation,” he said. (Yohan Perera and Pushpakumara Mallwaarachchi)

UNP General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara said UNP will go on the path of late Mr. D S. Senanayake and bring stability to the nation. (Yohan Perera and Pushpakumara Mallwaarachchi)

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  • Damian Senn Tuesday, 23 March 2021 10:39 AM

    Did the UK government pay it back?

    Richard Vonhagt Tuesday, 23 March 2021 10:52 AM

    Ceylon (as it was known back in the good ole days) lending money to Great Britain ought to be the biggest joke of this year or decade.

    Ting Tong Tuesday, 23 March 2021 11:22 AM

    Ranil's time u guys nicely did bond scam and stole from govt... D S Senanayake era cannot b brought back. Not in this gen

    fact Tuesday, 23 March 2021 11:49 AM

    it was United Ceylon ,Sri lanka has become a curse for motherland since the name was changed .Disunity and superiority to one race is the root cause of all the problems

    Jiff Tuesday, 23 March 2021 11:59 AM

    i thought this guy had some brain. 80% of our population lived under poverty when we gave away our money to UK which was near bankrupt after world war 2.

    HoruPaksha Tuesday, 23 March 2021 12:12 PM

    Now Rajapakshe gang is laundering money.

    Priyantha Tuesday, 23 March 2021 12:14 PM

    If the British didn't develop the country building infrastructure like roads, bridges, railway, public buildings and opening many tea plantations etc. we would be struggling since gaining independence from the British 73 years ago..

    Joshua Tuesday, 23 March 2021 12:40 PM

    have you collected the debt?

    Rohan Prasanna Tuesday, 23 March 2021 12:45 PM

    It was documented that after the WWII Britain was bankrupt and the Government of Sri Lanka had given a financial loan to Britain.

    Ahamed Markar Tuesday, 23 March 2021 12:57 PM

    This is not the time to dwell in the past when confronting present day problems created by politicians obliterating the life of future generations

    Senaka Tuesday, 23 March 2021 04:29 PM

    Which history book did you read?


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