By Colombo Telegraph –
Responding to a news item published in the Colombo Telegraph which was later reproduced by Colombo based The Sunday Leader on October 16, 2011, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge says “she wish to completely dissociate herself from the comments of a personal nature directed at the Rajapaksa family.”
The relevant news Item published in the Colombo Telegraph quote a leaked US diplomatic cable. The Colombo Telegraph found the leaked cable from the WikiLeak database. The cable classified as “CONFIDENTIAL” and recount details of a meeting ambassador Patricia A. Butenis has had with former President Chandrika Kumaratunga on 14th December 2009.
The US Ambassador wrote to Washington “President Kumaratunga found the Rajapaksa family involvement in politics very distasteful and called them ‘uneducated and uncultured rascals.’ She worried that the political climate since her term had become “vindictive and threatening” and that Rajapaksa had ‘muddied the thinking’ of masses.”
Read the full news item “WIKILEAKS – ‘RAJAPAKSAS ARE UNEDUCATED AND UNCULTURED RASCALS’ – CBK” here;
Read the Sunday Leader news item here;
The former President Kumaratunga says” This refers to a dispatch purportedly sent by the US Ambassador in Colombo to the US State Department appearing in WikiLeaks. I’m totally unaware of the existence of such a dispatch. It is a fact that when I meet foreign Ambassadors in Colombo, as well as leaders of other countries at various international events we do discuss matters of common interest, such as world affairs, the situation in their countries and mine.”
“It is possible that in giving an analysis of Sri Lankan situation. I would have stated some of the facts carried in the said news item about the overall situation in the country – which are facts that any objective person knows to be correct. However, I wish to completely dissociate my self from the comments of a personal nature directed at the Rajapaksa family.” she further says.
The leaked cables are confidential correspondents from the US embassies around the world and the US government has a policy not to comment on contents appearing in WikiLeaks.