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Sri Lanka rejects Swedish Minister!!!

April 28, 2009

Reuters – Sweden recalls Lanka envoy after minister barred

Sweden has recalled its ambassador to Sri Lanka after Colombo barred Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt from participating in a mission there with French and British colleagues this week, Bildt said on Tuesday

BBC – Sweden’s FM denied Sri Lanka visa

Mr Bildt told the AFP news agency: “The Sri Lankan authorities have said that they don’t accept me. “I am not persona non grata because they say I am welcome at another time, but I am not intending to take up that invitation,” he said.

Times Online – Sri Lanka sparks row with EU with ban of Swedish minister

AFP – Sri Lanka snubs Sweden as tensions over war mount

AFP – Sri Lanka Made Grave Mistake In Denying Swedish Min Visa -EU

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  1. shamalj permalink
    May 6, 2009 1:03 pm

    The British who ruled Sri Lanka for nearly 150 years applied a “divide and rule,” method to control the rebellious majority by providing a disproportionate share of political power to the submissive minority. This is the root cause of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.

    In 1885, out of 819 schools in the country, 300 schools were in Jaffna where Tamils were the majority (99%). This was a strategic move by the colonial rulers to breed the necessary intellect to rule the majority. By the time Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948, the major civil service bureaus and military were dominated by the educated Tamils. For instance, the first native commander of the Sri Lanka army and the first native commander of the Sri Lanka navy were Tamils. Consequently, the majority Sinhalese (80% of the population at that time) introduced affirmative action to remedy this injustice — an attempt the elite Tamil minority construed and propagated as “discrimination.”

    Open economic reforms in 1978 sealed the fate of the Jaffna Tamils, especially the youth, who witnessed the collapse of their agricultural economy by sagging demand as markets were flooded with foreign products. Tamil nationalistic leaders, fantasizing a homeland for 100 million Tamils in the world, exploited this situation.

    The West has clearly identified the potential of Sri Lanka, and I hope it also realizes the true nature of the problem in Sri Lanka and will help it eradicate terrorism.

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