By Colombo Telegraph –
“PM Rajapakse describes his pact with the JVP, which reads as an utter renunciation of the peace process and economic reform, as ‘just words’ and assures the Ambassador of his commitment to peace and his ability to use and control the JVP. We will continue to make the point that even in the heat of an electoral campaign, words matter. Rajapakse described anti- conversion legislation as ‘dead.’ the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.
A Leaked “CONFIDENTIAL” US diplomatic cable, dated September 12, 2005, updated the Secretary of State on Sri Lanka’s presidential election 2005. The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database. The cable was signed by the US Ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead. The cable details a US meeting with Prime Minister and the Presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Under the subheading “Anti-conversion Bill ‘Dead'” the ambassador wrote “As the meeting wrapped up, the Ambassador asked Rajapakse about the status of anti-conversion legislation. The PM waved his hand dismissively and said ‘it is still in the Parliament but it is dead.’ He said he had told the Buddhist JHU party ‘to forget about it.'”
Related post to this cable;
WikiLeaks: Pact With JVP Is ‘Just Words’, I Know How To Handle And Use Them – Mahinda Assured US
siri elapatha / November 15, 2012
To retain his power and clan in big business he wii stop at nothing
Senguttuvan / November 15, 2012
“Promises are like buscuits. They are made to be broken” (V.I. Lenin)
Wuliangguobinjiu / November 15, 2012
Rajapakistan ;) You know, if it’s a three-way race,
the public has more choice than if it’s a two-way race,
and has more choice in a two-way race than a one-way race.
That needs to Change Big Time.
watcher / November 16, 2012
Well his wife is a catholic, so what’s new?
Hela / November 16, 2012
Well….it could also be construed as a failure of JHU to sufficiently counter the bed time pressures of a Catholic wife…
R.M.B Senanayake / October 29, 2014
Please don’t think his poor wife has any influence. It is a question of dining with the devil. Lies and deceit are part of the behavior of totalitarians’. They have no principles and consciences. So don’t think the persecution of Catholics will not re-emerge. As for the non-Catholic Christians their pastors are being regularly attacked and their house churches vandalized. All minorities are dispensable according to the majority Sinhala Buddhist ethos. The U.S Ambassador may not be deceived.