Ranil says China has assured will not interfere

United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe says China gave him an assurance it will not interfere in the political crisis taking place in Sri Lanka.

There have been claims made that China was funding Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to buy the support of some UNP members.

Asked about this at a media conference today, Wickremesinghe refused to comment on the allegation.

However he said the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka informed him that China will not interfere.

The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan met Wickremesinghe after he was removed as Prime Minister.

The Chinese Ambassador also met newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Wickremesinghe said that at the meeting with him, the Chinese Ambassador sought details on the political crisis.

He said the Chinese envoy had assured that China will not interfere in the domestic affairs of Sri Lanka.

Wickremesinghe had over the weekend also briefed foreign diplomats in Sri Lanka on the crisis.

The former Prime Minister said that most foreign diplomats feel Parliament must be convened to resolve the issue.

Wickremesinghe also denied reports that he has called for the UN Peacekeeping force to be deployed to Sri Lanka.

He said that a forged letter was circulating to that effect but he insisted he had not made such a request. (Colombo Gazette)