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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Who’s the liar – the President or the Indian FM?

Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna who was in Sri Lanka on an official visit recently announced in a media conference held here that President Mahinda Rajapaksa agreed for a devolution package that goes beyond the 13th amendment. However, at the monthly meeting of media heads held at Temple Trees yesterday (30th) the President had said he had discussed with Krishna but had not agreed for a devolution that goes beyond the 13th amendment.

When the Indian Foreign Minister announced that the President had agreed for a package of devolution of power that goes beyond the 13th amendment Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris was present at the media conference. He didn’t contradict the Indian foreign Minister’s official announcement nor did the government make any official announcement regarding it.

There was uproar in the country regarding Indian Foreign Minister’s announcement.  The JVP responded sternly regarding the statement pointing out political repercussions Indian Foreign Minister’s statement would bring about. The JVP asked whether the Indian Foreign Minister was a media spokesman for the government of Sri Lanka.

President Mahinda Rajapakse, who was silent all this time despite there was a political turmoil created by the Indian Foreign Minister’s statement, has held a tea party for the media heads and responded to it. The main issue springing up from this is who is the liar – the President or the Indian FM


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