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Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 5.11 GMT
TN political leaders have been misinformed – Ambassador Kariyawasam


Tamil Nadu political leaders have been misinformed and ill-informed about situation in Sri Lanka and we invite them to visit Sri Lanka to get a firsthand look at the ground situation, Sri Lankan High Commissioner in India Prasad Kariyawasam said.

"We would like them to visit, talk to us and engage with us so that we can understand their concerns and take action accordingly; without doing so their agitation at Lok sabha and Rajya Sabha is unfortunate," the High Commissioner said speaking to the ANI news service in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The heavy lobbying by the groups supportive of LTTE in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere gives the wrong perception of the real ground situation in Sri Lanka, he further said.

Commending India for being a responsible world power the Sri Lankan High Commissioner has said that India understands the importance of good relations with countries in the region and in the context of ongoing dialogue between India and Sri Lanka on all issues concerning rehabilitation and reconstruction of war affected areas in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, in a separate interview to the Indian Express, High Commissioner Kariyawasam said that the video that has surfaced of a 12-year-old boy shot five times, said to be the son of late LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran, was morphed and concocted. “LTTE-sympathetic Tamil groups living in western countries are primarily responsible for generating such propaganda against Sri Lanka.”

An Apology

Sri Lanka's envoy to India Thursday apologised to Indian MPs for his comments that seemed to link those questioning Colombo's human rights record with the Tamil Tigers.

"I would like to apologise to MPs of Tamil Nadu if I have caused any discontent or concern or distress in their minds. I feel sorry about that," High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam told reporters in New Delhi.

He was earlier quoted by an Indian newspaper as saying that New Delhi should investigate Indian MPs sympathetic to the Tamil cause.

"That is not what I meant," Kariyawasam clarified, after meeting an official of the external affairs ministry.

"What I meant say was the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) lobby groups abroad and in this region carrying on a campaign of disinformation (against Sri Lanka)," he said.

This, he added, was aimed at disrupting the process of reconciliation in Sri Lanka following the end of the long-drawn war in 2009. He said when he referred to "investigation", he meant the Tamil lobby groups abroad, not Indian MPs.





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