Ravaya Editor Victor Ivan has stated that Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is the cause of every problem, according to a source close to Wilfred Wickramasinghe (Willa), a businessman and close confidant of both President Rajapaksa and Victor Ivan. Our source, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that Willa Wickramasinghe has told him that Victor Ivan is doing a fantastic job of canvassing on behalf of Mahinda Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa, in a way no one else is able to do.
Victor was invited for dinner with senior Minister DEW Gunasekara by Willa Wickramasinghe at his house on April 3, and the dinner discussion was mainly about how close advisers of Mahinda are misleading him. According to Victor Ivan, the External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris was the main culprit. Ivan had said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was not aware of the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake’s visit to Sri Lanka, or why he was coming. Blake had given a letter to be given to the President and G.L. Peiris had not passed on the letter. Apparently Blake and Mahinda Rajapaksa never met prior to the US backed resolution against Sri Lanka.
Victor Ivan has said that Mahinda Rajapaksa is kept ignorant purposely by people close to him. Victor’s big worry is that if a sufficient number of MPs crossover the government would collapse, and he is doing everything he can to prevent this. The suspicion is that most of the President’s close associates are not sincere. Neither G.L. Peiris nor President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunge can be trusted.
When contacted, Victor Ivan admitted that the dinner took place, and Senior Minister DEW Gunasekara was also there he added. When asked if he has been lobbying disgruntled Ministers and MPs, he said his mission is for national consensus politics, and that he has been talking to TNA and UNP MPs too. He denied the claim that he said anything against the External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris. When asked whether he said Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is the cause of every problem for the regime, he did not deny it straightaway, but said that he disagrees with some of Gotabhaya’s actions while agreeing with others. Victor Ivan cut short the phone conversation saying there was heavy lightning in Colombo.
Since Victor Ivan divulged that senior Minister Dew Gunasekara was also at the dinner, Colombo Telegraph also contacted sources close to Gunasekara. According to them, Minister Gunasekara had never met Victor Ivan before, and the purpose of the meeting was to get to know about Mahinda’s views and concerns from Victor, as Mahinda divulges everything to Victor. They also confirmed the above dinner meeting and conversation did take place.