The Times slams Liam Fox’s 'rotten' ties to Sri Lanka

These are extracts of The Times’ editorial on Wednesday Oct 12: “Liam Fox has many questions to answer about the role of a personal friend at the Ministry of Defence. But one aspect of this imbroglio is already clear: in his dealings in a particular part of the world, Dr Fox exceeded the bounds of his ministerial remit. “The issue is Sri Lanka, on which Dr Fox appears to have been conducting his own independent foreign policy . That policy is wrong in itself and Dr Fox had no legitimate business pursuing it . But beyond that issue, he needs urgently to explain why Adam Werritty attended...

Mysterious trust funded Fox’s trips to Sri Lanka

The Times newspaper reports Wednesday that Liam Fox is to face new questions over his links to Sri Lanka after it emerged that three of his trips there were funded by a mysterious trust that is not registered as a charity or a company . Three visits to Sri Lanka, which cost about £7,500 and took place when Dr Fox was Shadow Defence Secretary, were funded by the Sri Lanka Development Trust . It has an address in Edinburgh but is unknown to the Charity Commission and Companies House. Tuesday night Labour put down parliamentary questions demanding to know how many times Dr. Fox had visited Sri...

Tired of the waiting game?

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said that he had been “waiting and waiting” for Sri Lanka to respond to the UN report released in April of this year and had now passed the report onto the Human Rights Council to review. In a press meeting with Norwegian media, he said, “On Sri Lankan issues as you remember, I have established a Panel of Experts and they have reviewed all these situations and made many recommendations.

 These recommendations are something which needs to be implemented by the Sri Lankan people. I have been waiting and waiting until the Sri Lankan government would respond...

Sri Lanka's ambassador to EU cries wolf

Sri Lanka's ambassador to Belgium, Luxemburg and the EU, Ravinatha Aryasinha, called the screening of 'Sri Lanka's Killing Fields' today an "indecent hurry" that is part of a wider "obsessive attack". In a statement released by the embassy, Aryasinha states, “it would appear that Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Crisis Group who sponsored the screening, are intent on pre-judging and discrediting the LLRC repor t even before it is released”. “ This indecent hurry to host such events and to call for international inquiries, is probably due to their fear that once...

Amnesty urges Rudd to act on Sri Lanka

The head of Amnesty International has urged the Australian Foreign Minister to take action on Sri Lanka, in a meeting with him on Tuesday. Amnesty Secretary-General Salil Shetty met with Kevin Rudd and pressed him to back calls for an independent international investigation into war crimes. Previously Rudd had stated that Australia would await the outcome of Sri Lanka’s LLRC report before acting, but Shetty told reporters, "We know what it's going to say because we know that the process was deeply flawed. We've waited long enough. The time is right to call for an independent investigation. "...

Sri Lanka asked Werrity to lobby British Government on arms deals – Channel 4

Defence Secretary Liam Fox’s friend Adam Werrity has been accused of discussing arms deals with the Sri Lankan Government, Channel 4 reported tonight. Three ‘highly placed sources’ in Sri Lanka have independently told Channel 4 news team that Mr Werrity discussed ‘arms deals’ with a senior figure in Mahinda Rajapakse’s regime. He was reportedly asked by the Sri Lankan official to lobby the British Government over the supply of ‘arms, security equipment and aviation parts’. Emma Reynolds MP, shadow Foreign Office minister told Channel 4’s Jonathan Miller: "It’s clearly not appropriate for the...

TULF, PLOTE and EPRLF condemn 'Sinhalisation' of North-East

Speaking to the Indian foreign secretary, Ranjan Mathai, during his 3 day visit of Sri Lanka and the North-East, Anandasangaree of the TULF, Sitharthan of the PLOTE and Sritharan of the EPRLF, condemned the Sri Lankan government's attempt to " change the demographic pattern of the North-East ". They added that Tamils were 'highly perturbed' by the ever increasing militarisation of the North-East. " The government has no plans for demilitarization , contrary to which the forces are involving more and more in civil administration . "The people cannot (hold) any function without the...

Werritty fronted for Liam Fox's Sri Lanka dealings - The Daily Telegraph

Mr. Adam Werritty, the close friend of British Defence Secretary Liam Fox whose working relationship with the minister is under investigation by the Ministry of Defence and at the centre of a media storm, was a frontman for Dr. Fox in the latter’s dealing with Sri Lanka, The Daily Telegraph newspaper revealed Monday. Mr. Werritty "played a central part in arranging [Dr. Fox's] contacts with members of the Sri Lankan government [in 2010 and 2011]," the paper said. The Independent newspaper has also uncovered the same. See its report here . British press reports revealed last week that Mr...

Fox sent UK navy officers to Rajapaksa’s inauguration – The Times

A senior source at the British Foreign Office told The Times Sunday night that there had been disquiet at Defence Secretary Liam Fox’s links to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa since late last year. Dr Fox sent a senior delegation of British naval officers to the inauguration of Rajapaksa in what the Sri Lankan regime believed was a gesture of support for his second term as President , the paper reports Monday. Dr Fox then infuriated Foreign Office officials by agreeing to meet Mr Rajapaksa in person the following month, as feared that the Defence Secretary was undermining UK efforts to...

The Times says …

In its lead editorial Monday, The Times newspaper said UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox owed the country “an explanation and an apology” for having given unparalleled official access to the Ministry of Defence and talks overseas to Adam Werrity, a close friend. The editorial adds: “Many questions have been asked in the past week about the nature of Dr Fox’s previous business relationship with Mr Werrity. What is of more concern is the record of Mr Werrity’s business dealings with other people and governments . In particular, Mr Werrity has been deeply involved with the Government of Sri Lanka,...

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