Ministers lock horns
Two senior government ministers have clashed over an
appointment made by one of them to meet Indian Foreign Minister
Pranab Mukherjee and Defence Advisor N.K. Narayanan, apparently
on government business. The minister in question, who had
crossed over to the government from the UNP and who maintains a
close rapport with the United States, had apparently sought an
appointment with the Indian authorities through the High
Commission in Colombo.
Foreign Affairs Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, who had learnt
about the move, had hurriedly telephoned the Mission in Colombo
and protested on the grounds that he was the Foreign Minister
and any move to meet the Indian Foreign Minister should go
through the proper channels.
Following Bogollagama’s intervention, the Indian Mission in Sri
Lanka had cancelled the appointment for the meeting in question.