Mervyn says Blake is “mad”

Government Minister Mervyns Silva today slammed US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake saying he is “mad” and has no right o interfere in Sri Lankan affairs.

Speaking to reporters at a press briefing in Colombo today, Silva said that if he was present at the talks between Blake and the government then the outcome would have been different.

Blake and US Under-Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Maria Otero, ended a two day visit to Sri Lanka yesterday where they had talks with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and other government and opposition members and officials.

Silva said that the US was attempting to President Rajapaksa on the electric chair by raising various allegations against the government and military.

However Mervyn Silva said he will not allow such a thing to take place. He also accused the US government of being behind the situation in Maldives.

Meanwhile Silva also urged the government not to be shaken by protests in the country and reverse any decision it takes.

He was referring to the many protests staged yesterday over the fuel price hike.