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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 110

Sri Lanka Senior Minister alleges the Leader of Opposition and German Envoy had talks to stop aid

By Walter Jayawardhana

Colombo, 15 July, (Asiantribune.com): At a press conference Sri Lanka government’s senior cabinet minister and the Chief Government Whip in parliament Jeyaraj Fernandopulle alleged that the Ambassador for the German Federal Republic of Sri Lanka had discussions in Colombo with the island nation’s main opposition party leader about stopping European Aid to Sri Lanka as a measure of taming the government.

Fernandopulle said the German envoy Jurgen Weerth and United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe held the talks in the Japanese Restaurant of Colombo’s Hilton recently.

He was of the opinion that the talks were more focused on stopping German aid to Sri Lanka.

The Minister said the Federal Republic’s ambassador for the last so many months have been making unwelcome comments about the country’s economy ,politics etc.

The Minister’s open allegation was added to the political gossip in the country that Ranil Wickremesinghe has been misusing his position as the Leader of Opposition to use foreign countries to weaken the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and topple it by stopping foreign aid.

His opponents said he has been using his recent foreign trips in India, Europe and the US to bring external pressure on the government.

Fernandopulle said some members of parliament have already suggested that a special parliamentary select committee be appointed to probe into the activities of Ambassador Weerth to find out out whether he has actually interfered in the internal affairs of the country. He did not name the members who had proposed the committee.

Until Weerth, the Federal Republic of Germany has maintained extremely friendly relations with Sri Lanka.

In the past, a British High Commissioner had been declared a persona non-grata by a former President Ranasinghe Premadasa, on charges of interfering in the internal affairs of the country.

A strong pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam group in the German Federal Republic has been constantly demanding that the German aid to Sri Lanka should be stopped.

- Asian Tribune -

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