‘despicable’ foreign policy
National Heritage Minister Anura Bandaranaike launched a
scathing attack on Sri Lanka’s foreign policy, calling it as one
of the most irresponsible and despicable foreign policies ever
practised in this country.
In a letter addressed to Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona on
Thursday, Bandaranaike said, “I received your letter of November
20, 2007 to discuss strategy on foreign policy on the same day.
I would not have come any way as I think your Ministry conducts
the most irresponsible and despicable foreign policy ever
practised in this country.”
Commenting on the Pakistani issue, Bandaranaike noted that Sri
Lanka’s behaviour was bizarre to say the least.
“When the US and UK invaded Iraq (one of our closest allies), we
remained totally silent while powerful nations like France and
Germany and many other nations came out strongly against the
Iraqi invasion,” he said in his letter.
According to the Minister, the callousness of certain people was
amply demonstrated when a massive delegation of over 100 people,
which in itself was unprecedented, was taken to China to
celebrate 50 years of relations between China and Sri Lanka.
“It would be only natural that the only son of these two leaders
(S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and Sirimavo Bandaranaike) should have
been invited to accompany the delegation to China. Instead
common thugs and morons were included in the delegation to
China. Going or not going on the Presidential delegation was a
matter entirely left for me to decide but the courtesy was never
extended,” he lamented.
He concluded his letter stating that all at the Foreign Ministry
officials are responsible for the present situation, especially
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama and therefore, he will not
be taking part in any such meetings due to the duplicitous and
absurd foreign policy.