Keshap to MR US not in favour of gota becoming president

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  • Details of meeting revealed in Jaffna based Tamil daily newspaper  
  • Keshap says Gota needs to clear himself of war crimes allegations to renounce US citizenship
  • Crushing terrorism with an iron hand and governance in a political democracy were two different things
  • US, West do not want Gota as President

 

United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap has reportedly shattered the political ambition of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa of becoming the next President of Sri Lanka, dbsjeyaraj.com website has reported.

The US Envoy, who is scheduled to leave Sri Lanka shortly after having completed his term of office in Sri Lanka, is reported to have told Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the US and other Western countries did not welcome the prospects of Gotabaya Rajapaksa contesting polls and becoming President and were opposed to such a move.


The outgoing Ambassador dropped this political bombshell when he made a courtesy call to bid farewell to ex-president Rajapaksa on Sunday, June 10, 2018. 


On his blog DBS Jeyaraj said:


Atul Keshap reportedly told Mahinda Rajapaksa directly that the USA and other Western Nations Are Not In Favour of Gotabaya Rajapaksa Becoming Sri Lanka’s President.


He had bluntly told Mahinda not to field Gotabaya as a presidential candidate.


The Jaffna based Tamil daily “Kaalaikkathir” (Morning Ray) of June 12th, 2018 has in an exclusive report by a “special political correspondent” published as the lead story revealed details of the meeting between Rajapaksa and Keshap. The newspaper cites “Miha miha nambikkaiyaana vattaarangal” (very very trustworthy circles) as the source of the news story. The newspaper is edited by senior Tamil journalist Nadesapillai Vithyatharan who earlier edited the Tamil newspapers “Uthayan” and Sudar Oli”. Vithyatharan is also the brother in law of TNA Jaffna District parliamentarian E. Saravanabavaan.


2535The Kaalaikkathir editor is said to be one of the few Tamil journalists who interact closely with Mahinda Rajapaksa. According to details disclosed by the Jaffna daily the 90-minute meeting between Mahinda Rajapaksa and Atul Keshap had taken place on Sunday, June 10th evening at the ex-president’s residence. The talks held cordially were on a number of relevant matters. Among these, the most significant issue was about the possible Presidential candidacy of ex-Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Kaalaikkathir quoting very reliable sources said that the US envoy had in ‘clear, unambiguous and definite’ terms told Mahinda Rajapaksa directly that the Western nations including the USA would not favourably regard Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa being nominated as a Presidential candidate.

 

  • The Jaffna based Tamil daily “Kaalaikkathir” (Morning Ray) has in an exclusive report  revealed details of the meeting between Rajapaksa and Keshap
  • The outgoing Ambassador dropped this political bombshell when he made a courtesy call to bid farewell to ex-president Rajapaksa on Sunday…
  • The US and other Western countries did not welcome the prospects of Gotabaya Rajapaksa contesting polls and becoming President and were opposed to such a move

 


The newspaper went on to say that Atul Keshap had reportedly stated the international community was looking forward to a person with political maturity and experience who could interact effectively within the sphere of democratic politics to be the leader of the country. The US envoy had emphasised that crushing terrorism with an iron hand and governance in a political democracy were two different things. Ambassador Keshap had bluntly told Mahinda Rajapaksa that the US and West were not in favour of a person like Gotabaya Rajapaksa and would not welcome his contesting the presidency.


The “Kaalaikkathir” further reported that the US envoy had pointed out that Gotabaya Rajapaksa was required to renounce his US citizenship to be a presidential candidate as a dual citizen was Constitutionally debarred from contesting the Sri Lankan presidency. However, the ambassador had reportedly said that US laws would not permit Gotabaya Rajapaksa to renounce US citizenship at this juncture. He had stated that Gotabaya Rajapaksa needed to clear himself of allegations against him over war crimes, crimes against humanity and human rights violations before the US would allow him to renounce US citizenship formally. It is only after he is cleared fully that the US would let him renounce citizenship and be eligible to contest Parliamentary or Presidential elections. 

 

 

Looking forward to a person with political maturity and experience who could interact effectively within the sphere of democratic politics to be the leader of the country. …crushing terrorism with an iron hand and governance in a political democracy were two different things 

2535


US Embassy non-committal 

  • Says Ambassador honours the confidence of private meetings; does not discuss the contents of such

 

By Lahiru Pothmulla

In response to the news report published on a Tamil daily newspaper in Jaffna regarding a content of a meeting held between former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and outgoing US Ambassador Atul Keshap, the US Embassy yesterday remained non-committal.

When the Daily mirror  inquired about the meeting, the Embassy said that the Ambassador met political leaders as a routine.


“The Ambassador meets routinely with political leaders, civil society and community leaders. The Ambassador honours the confidence of private meetings and does not discuss the contents of such meetings publicly.”


The Daily mirror  asked whether Ambassador Keshap had said, during the meeting, that the US and Western nations didn’t welcome the prospects of Gotabaya Rajapaksa contesting polls and becoming President of Sri Lanka.


The Daily mirror  also asked whether the Embassy sought a clarification from the Tamil daily on the news report. The dbsjeyaraj.com said a news report had initially appeared on Jaffna based Tamil daily Kaalaikkathir edited by Senior Tamil Journalist Nadesapillai Vithyatharan, on June 12 about the said meeting, where Ambassador Keshap had reportedly said the US and the Western did not welcome the prospects of Gotabaya Rajapaksa contesting and becoming the President of Sri Lanka.