Monday, December 14, 2009

JVP leader had no discussions with EU on GSP plus

Paris, 12 December,(

The JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe The JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe failed to meet any of the EU leaders or senior bureaucrats of Paris, London and Brussels during his recent European tour. Revealing this, Sri Lankan diplomats and expatriate leaders said that Mr Amarasinghe’s claim that he was assured by the EU that GSP plus concessions to Sri Lanka would be continued if there is a government change at the Presidential elections next month “is an absolute lie’.

Although JVP branch leader in Paris, Manel Gunwardane tried to get some appointments with French ministers, MPs and senior bureaucrats for Mr Amarasinghe, he could not get a single appointment,” the sources said. “JVP leader could meet only few leaders of the Sri Lankan expatriates. His claim that he had discussions with EU leaders on GSP issue is a fabricated story”.

Diplomatic sources in the three capitals confirmed that Mr Amarasinghe did not have any discussions with the European leaders or officials. “It is not easy get appointments with EU leaders and French and British Ministers,” a diplomat said. “In recent months we managed to get appointments only for Minister G L Peiris for discussions on GSP issue,” he pointed out.

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