Pillay, D.S. and Buddhist flag: Govt. exhibiting lack of diplomacy - Eran 


by Zacki Jabbar

The on going dispute over the alleged remarks made by the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner (UNHRC),Navaneethem Pillay about the D.S.Senanayake statue and the Buddhist flag, indicated the lack of diplomacy on the part of the Rajapaksa regime, an Opposition MP said yesterday.

 Eran Wickremeratne, MP, told the "Sunday Island" that President Mahinda Rajapaksa by publicly contradicting his brother, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who alleged that Pillay during her recent meeting with the President in Colombo,had wanted the D.S. Senanayake Statue and the Buddhist flag removed from Independence Square, had behaved in a very irresponsible manner.

Sri Lankan’s, he observed would not be one bit surprised about the conduct of the President and his brother, because leveling allegations and then denying them has become the trade mark of the UPFA government. But,when dealing with the international community, those holding responsible positions had to consider the reputation of the country before shooting their mouths off.

Wickremeratne,said that a spokesperson for Pillay had already informed the UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake that she did not make any adverse remarks about the D.S.Statue or the Buddhist flag.

One of the main reasons for the country being crucified at international forums including in the UN, the MP noted, was due to the arrogance and lack of foresight on the part of the current crop of rulers.

The allegation leveled against Pillay about ten days after she had left the country was obviously a maneuver to focus the people on imagined external enemies with a view to distracting them from domestic issues such as the deteriorating economy, law and order and failure to implement the key recommendations contained in the Government’s own LLRC’s report, he pointed out.

  Wickremeratne warned that trying to belittle and insult foreign dignitaries was to very undiplomatic and will lead to serious repercussions, the brunt of which would have to be borne by the masses.

 The sooner the Rajapaksa regime came to its senses and allowed seasoned and sensible diplomats to handle foreign affairs, the better for the country, he noted.

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