External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris today raised concerns with US Ambassador Ms. Patricia Butenis about the references to Sri Lanka in the WikiLeaks website cables
“The purported cables do contain glaring instances of allegations totally unwarranted by the ground reality, being conveyed to Washington,” Prof. Peiris had told Butenis at a meeting in Colombo this morning.
As examples, the Minister cited the claims of children being sold into slavery, with the boys to work in camps and the girls to prostitution rings. The Minister emphasized that the conveying of such mendacious stories clearly fabricated to denigrate Sri Lanka, are totally negative to the objective of diplomacy, which is building bridges and promoting understanding.
The Minister expressed the view that at least where future instances may be concerned, greater circumspection would be appropriate, a statement from the External Affairs ministry said. (Daily Mirror online)