Be­lated thanks to Lord Naseby for sup­port­ing Lanka

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

While the Bri­tish po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment is be­ing rocked with sto­ries of shock­ing per­sonal con­duct, news of a low key turf war in our diplo­matic quar­ter in Repub­lic Square has sur­faced.

It all started in Lon­don where Sri Lanka's friend Lord Naseby fought a three- year war with White­hall's bowler- hats to gather some crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion from the re­ports of the Bri­tish De­fence At­tache' in Colombo about the last months of the Tamil sep­a­ratist con­flict.

How was the good lord to know that his ef­forts to do a good deed to clear Sri Lanka of mul­ti­ple charges would ruf­fle the feath­ers of those over in Lanka.

So when the me­dia broke the news of Lord Naseby's speech at an Up­per House de­bate sup­port­ive of the ha­rangued Sri Lanka, sev­eral cit­i­zens wrote to the Bri­tish politi­cian with much af­fec­tion for this coun­try, say­ing "thank you".

Strangely enough there was only si­lence from the Ya­ha­palanaya gov­ern­ment. It would have re­mained to­tally si­lent had the me­dia not asked a ques­tion.

It took a bold step by the Min­is­ter of State for For­eign Af­fairs Was­an­tha Se­nanayake to throw po­lit­i­cal cau­tion ex­er­cised by some to the winds and send a for­mal let­ter to Lord Naseby break­ing the gov­ern­ment's deaf­en­ing si­lence.

State Min­is­ter Se­nanayake thanked Lord Naseby for his "in­valu­able work" on be­half of Sri Lanka. He said the in­for­ma­tion made public by Lord Naseby "makes it clear that the Sri Lanka armed forces fought a much cleaner war than is of­ten al­leged in the in­ter­na­tional arena." Hop­ing that "we in Sri Lanka will be able to build on your ef­forts" the State Min­is­ter said he hoped the Bri­tish Baron would visit Sri Lanka once again, very soon.

Lord Naseby’s speech quot­ing the then Bri­tish De­fence At­taché in Sri Lanka has also been re­ceived by deaf­en­ing si­lence by the other­wise vo­cif­er­ous ‘ Ee­lam lobby’ in that coun­try. Some­times, ‘si­lence is golden’ seems to be their prin­ci­ple.

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