Monday, November 2, 2009

Why General Fonseka decide to meet U.S. authorities without the knowledge and consent of Sri Lanka Government?

Washington, D.C. 02 November (Asiantribune.com): When Sri Lanka’s Chief of Defense Staff General Sarath Fonseka received a call from an officer of the United States Department of Homeland Security for a ‘voluntary interview’ and was told that the intension of the ‘interview’ was to discuss alleged human rights violations committed by Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa instead calling his government for advise, counsel and guidance he turned to a lifelong friend and the friend’s attorney for advice.

It took almost two days (48 long hours) for him to inform Sri Lanka ambassador in Washington and his immediate superior Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

By the time he informed the embassy and the defense secretary in Sri Lanka, Fonseka had already given his consent to meet the officials of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at its Oklahoma office on November 4.

He immediately received a written confirmation. The DHS office in Oklahoma was arranged because General Fonseka maintains a house and his two daughters and the son-in-law reside there.

General Fonseka arrived in the United States on October 24 on an official visit to meet with officials in the State Department and the Department of Defense. As State Department assistant secretary Robert Blake was indisposed Sri Lanka ambassador to the U.S. Jaliya Wickremasuriya accompanied him to meet with Pentagon officials.

The question raised is while General Fonseka is on an official visit here when the Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Unit of the Department of Homeland Security invites him for an interview, most notably to discuss the alleged human rights violations of Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as to why he failed to contact the Defense Ministry in Colombo to get advise and consent.

What made Fonseka to agree to the ‘voluntary meeting’ for 4th of November, 48 hours before he intimated Ambassador Wickremasuriya and his ministry in Colombo?

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