The German Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Joern Rohde, revealed today that western diplomats had talks with the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA).
The UPFA has been accusing the United National Party and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of dancing to the tune of the West by meeting diplomats and getting them involved in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs.
However now the German envoy has revealed that four leading UPFA Parliamentarians, including an unknown number of Ministers, had met some diplomats in Colombo.
This week the Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka David McKinnon had reacted to Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa on twitter over a comment he made on the United National Party (UNP) and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) meeting diplomats in Colombo to discuss the political crisis.
Rajapaksa had tweeted saying “Interesting to see @officialunp JVP & TNA politicians meeting with the int. community. Perhaps if more effort was given toward meeting with the people & communities of #lka & paying heed to their hope for #elections, #SriLanka can finally achieve its fullest potential. #LetMeVote.”
The High Commissioner replied to the tweet saying “You might ask some of your @PodujanaParty colleagues who they’re meeting with.”
The German envoy tweeted today saying the diplomats met members of the UPFA but will not reveal their names.
“Why this unfair criticism at Canadian HC and members of the diplomatic Community? Last Tuesday around a dozen envoys including Canadian HC and myself met with 4 leading UFPA MPs/Ministers on their request. We respected their request for confidentiality,” he said.
He said that after the meeting with the UPFA the diplomats were invited to meet the TNA leadership. He noted that the diplomatic community also had meetings with the President, Speaker and other stakeholders.
Namal Rajapaksa responded in a tweet to the German envoy saying “Your excellency there is no criticism of the diplomatic community, but of the unwillingness of the @officialunp to reach out to the citizens of #lka with the same eagerness.” (Colombo Gazette)