“European Parliament allowing itself to be used as a platform for LTTE apologists” - Ariyasinhe
Sri Lanka said that European Parliament is allowing itself to be used as a platform for LTTE apologists to discredit Sri Lanka, an official said.
Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU Ravinatha
Aryasinha has strongly protested the denial of Sri Lanka’s ‘right of
reply’ at an “exchange of views on Sri Lanka” held last week at the
In a letter of protest addressed to Ms. Heidi Hautala, Chair of the
Human Rights Sub-Committee who was not present during the discussion,
Ambassador Aryasinha pointed out that in the over one hour long
discussion on Sri Lanka on 6 December, of the 32 MEPs on the
Sub-Committee only one chose to speak, and other than for a few comments
by the European Commission, most of the time was given to a number of
The Ambassador said despite his being present and demanding Sri Lanka’s
‘right of reply’, its denial by the Presiding officer at the time,
“leaves the unmistakable impression that the Human Rights Sub-Committee
is not interested in having a reasoned and balanced discussion on Sri
Lanka, but is merely content to allow itself (the European Parliament)
to be used as a platform for LTTE apologists to discredit the Government
of Sri Lanka”.
Sri Lanka Watch learns that The country director of Internationa Crisis
Group in Sri Lanka Alan Keenan, Prof. Huta, Dr. Lal Fernando Tobias
King, Dr. Hernandez and EU MP Barbara Lochbihler (Wife of Ranjith
Hennayake Lochbihler) have been participating in the discussion.