FOR­EIGN IN­FLU­ENCE ON DO­MES­TIC AP­POINT­MENTS

Says SL should not suc­cumb to int’l pres­sure

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY LAHIRU POTHMULLA

Op­po­si­tion leader Mahinda Ra­japaksa said for­eign na­tions in­flu­enced Sri Lanka when mak­ing cer­tain ap­point­ments in the coun­try.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists last Sun­day at Ab­ha­yara­maya Tem­ple in Colombo, he said the coun­try should not suc­cumb to in­ter­na­tional pres­sure.

“For­eign in­flu­ence is se­vere. I know for a fact that there is for­eign in­flu­ence when mak­ing ap­point­ments here. They say cer­tain peo­ple are el­i­gi­ble for se­lected posts and re­ject the oth­ers. The gov­ern­ment has al­lowed this to hap­pen and it should stop forth­with,” he said.

When asked about re­ports on for­eign coun­tries in­clud­ing the US at­tempt­ing to ‘set­tle’ in Sri Lanka, Mr. Ra­japaksa said they won’t al­low it to hap­pen what­so­ever. “there were sev­eral at­tempts, but even the Pres­i­dent has said not to ink any agree­ment to that ef­fect,” he said.

Mean­while, he said it was un­for­tu­nate that ter­ror­ism had resur­faced in the coun­try a month prior to the 10th an­niver­sary of war vic­tory.

“The gov­ern­ment’s witch-hunt of war he­roes and crip­pling of in­tel­li­gence ser­vices have paved the way for these ter­ror­ist at­tacks. The gov­ern­ment should ad­mit this and then find so­lu­tions,” he said.

They say cer­tain peo­ple are el­i­gi­ble for se­lected posts and re­ject the oth­ers. The gov­ern­ment has al­lowed this to hap­pen and it should stop forth­with

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