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October 11, 2009

These articles appeared in Sri Lankan media. Please note we cannot verify the independence of the information in these reports.

SL envoy summoned by State Dept

PM’s remarks on Monica Lewinsky attract US Protest
The United States has lodged a “strong protest” to Sri Lanka over remarks by Prime Minister, Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, on state radio that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has forgotten the “Monica Lewinsky episode” and should “put her house in order.”

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Jaliya Wickremasuriya, was summoned to the Department of State to be told of the US Government’s displeasure. Robert Blake, Assistant Secretary, South and Central Asian Affairs, had expressed ”great concern” over the remarks and wanted to know whether this was the official position of the Government of Sri Lanka.
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Clinton has forgotten the Monica episode- PM Wickramanayaka
Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka, in a live radio interview this morning, said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seems to have forgotten the Monica (Lewinsky) episode and should focus on her own backyard instead of making allegations of women being abused in other countries.

The US Secretary of State, who had stirred controversy last week after making a statement saying women had been raped in war countries that were at war including Sri Lanka, is the wife of former President Bill Clinton who was at one time himself in the spotlight after being accused of sexually abusing his staff member Monica Lewinsky.
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