Gotabhaya refused access by US officials
October 6, 2009 § 1 Comment
This article appeared in Sri Lankan media. Please note we cannot verify the independence of the information in this report.
Colombo Times: US officials refuse to meet Gotabhaya
US Deputy Secretary of State for Asia Robert Blake has turned down several attempts by Defence Secretary who is in the US and has even refused to speak to him over the telephone. Robert Blake is a former ambassador for the US in Sri Lanka.
During his tenure as US ambassador in Sri Lanka, the Defence Secretary treated him similar to a terrorist.
Robert Blake has refused to meet with the Defence Secretary even after Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapakse has made a request for him to meet with his brother. Diplomatic sources said the Defence Secretary has made four attempts to meet with Blake.
The Defence Secretary planned to meet with Blake to minimize the propaganda being carried out against Sri Lanka among the international community over the violation of human rights and media suppression.
A senior Foreign Ministry official told Lanka News Web that the refusal of Blake and other US officials to meet with the Defence Secretary in the backdrop of Sri Lanka being accused of war crimes has further isolated the country in the international arena.