UK Minister's visit to Sri Lanka postponed
[TamilNet, Sunday, 05 December 2010, 09:44 GMT]
A scheduled three day visit of British Secretary of State of Foreign and Commonwealth Office of South Asia, Mr. Alistar Burt, to Sri Lanka has been postponed amid reports of a diplomatic row between Sri Lanka and Britain, political sources in Colombo said. Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse was scheduled to speak on December 2nd at the Oxford Union and the event was cancelled for security reasons after Rajapakse and his entourage arrived in London.
The British Minister was scheduled to visit Colombo on Tuesday.
He was also scheduled to visit Jaffna district during the stay in Sri Lanka.
Colombo media quoted Dominic Williams, a spokesman of the British High Commission (BHC) in Sri Lanka that UK minister’s visit has been put on hold as he is engaged local election in Britain.
His visit has now been re-scheduled for another date, according to BHC spokesperson.