Parliament must take a stand on snobbish missions - Speaker
Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara yesterday stressed the importance of
Parliament to take a stand against diplomatic missions based here if
they attempt to harass MPs and citizens regarding their visa
applications. He said citizens have to face various harassments when
their finger prints are obtained by some embassies to issue them a visa.
“Even our Prime Minister had faced difficulties abroad due to this
process followed by a certain embassy here. Therefore, it is the
responsibility of the Parliament to stand against such moves.
“If being a Sinhalese or a Buddhist to be harassed in foreign
countries, that would be a dangerous trend that we should not allow to
happen. I am disturbed by this situation,” he said.
Many Sri Lankans have faced a lot of inconvenience due to applicants
made to place their finger prints and the purposeful delay of some
embassies to issue them a visa.