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Jakarta Post

Letters: Sri Lankan Ambassador clarifies

  /   Thu, June 11 2009   /  01:14 pm

I wish to refer to the article which appeared in The Jakarta Post of June 6 titled "IOM takes over case of Afghan and Pakistani immigrants". The article quoted embassy official Kapila Ubeysekera saying that "Kapila said there was no guarantee of their safety when they returned home, despite the country's victory over the Tamil rebel forces." The embassy official categorically denies the above statement was made by him. The official said what he had told the detainees was that the reason why he was sent to speak to all Sri Lankan migrants by the ambassador in Jakarta was, in fact, to convince every one of them, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the present situation in Sri Lanka is indeed very much conducive to their return. As you may be aware, the President of Sri Lanka in his victory speech said that after the victory over terrorism there will be no references to minorities ...