Tuesday, December 7, 2010

British Defence Secretary to visit Sri Lanka

Colombo,Dec 7,(PTI) British Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox is to visit Sri Lanka later this month to deliver the Lakshman Kadirgamar memorial lecture, a local media report has said.
The widow of the late foreign minister has confirmed to one of the local TV channels, that Dr Fox will deliver the memorial lecture in Colombo on December 18 .
Kadirgamar was assassinated in 2005 despite the government and the LTTE then observing the Norway brokered ceasefire.
Fox''s government colleague, Alistair Burt, Secretary of State of Foreign and Commonwealth office for South Asia postponed his visit to the country this week amidst protests against UK in Sri Lanka following cancellation of President Mahinda Rajapksha''s speech at Oxford University.
However the British High Commission in Colombo said "the postponement came due to parliamentary pressures in the UK and the visit would be re-arranged as soon as possible".
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