No room for foreign interference - Foreign Minister
House of Commons debate does not reflect British
KOTTE: Foreign Affairs Minister Rohitha Bogollagama yesterday
assured the Parliament that not even a semblance of foreign interference
in the internal affairs of the country will be allowed under President
Mahinda Rajapaksa's administration.
Responding to a JVP sponsored adjournment debate on the House of
Commons debate on Sri Lankan situation, the Minister said the UK has not
conveyed any message through diplomatic channels about any decision
taken by the Parliament regarding the Parliamentary group's proposed
visit to Sri Lanka.
"If there is any such message we will respond to it accordingly," the
Minister added. He said the debate on Sri Lankan situation by the UK
House of Common was a mixture of view about the Sri Lankan situation by
various political parties and it does not reflect the view of the
"When we visit other countries, we brief them the current situation
of Sri Lanka. It is just a debate and there is no need to panic about
They have agreed the LTTE should be abandoned."
He also said that strong foreign diplomatic relationships are very
important to the country. Otherwise it could be isolated.
"We have understood the need for a proper political solution. The
Government would like to extend an invitation to each political party to
join hands to find a solution for the ethnic issue. The Government will
bring a lasting solution.
The Government always utilises its best efforts to defeat terrorism
and bring a lasting solution within the democratic framework," the