APD | US, UK accused of interfering in Sri Lanka's domestic affairs

BY APD NEWSNov 09,2018 at 10:09

By APD writer Easwaran

COLOMBO, Nov. 8 (APD) -- A Sri Lankan Government Minister, on Thursday, accused the United States and the United Kingdom of interfering in the domestic affairs of Sri Lanka.

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Minister of National Integration, Reconciliation, and Official Languages Vasudeva Nanayakkara slammed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya for meeting diplomats in Parliament, after Parliament was prorogued.

In a media statement the Minister said that he was “shocked” that the Speaker entertained diplomats in his Parliament office after Parliament was prorogued, including the Ambassadors of the US and UK.

President Maithripala Sirisena prorogued Parliament on October 26th after sacking then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

There was pressure on the Speaker to reconvene Parliament early to resolve a political crisis which had developed in the country after a new Prime Minister was appointed and the former Prime Minister refused to accept the appointment calling it unconstitutional.

The US and the UK were among several western countries that raised concerns over the crisis in Sri Lanka.

Nanayakkara noted that the US and UK had recently raised concerns over the alleged intrusion into their electoral and political sphere by other countries.

“In such a context I fail to comprehend your tolerance of the intrusive conduct of these Ambassadors of the US and US et al in the affairs of our state,” he said.

He also alleged that it is an open secret that some of these western countries played an active role in the 2015 elections in Sri Lanka to oust the then regime. 

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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