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Mangala 'accuses' Mahinda of having links to Tamil diaspora

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has 'accused' former president Mahinda Rajapaksa of making "secret deals" with the LTTE and the diaspora, The Island reported.

Mr Samaraweera brought pictures to the parliament, which showed Mr Rajapaksa with some diaspora Tamils.

"I would like to give these photographs to my friend in the opposition, MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena. I have heard that Dinesh Gunawardena has a Rajapaksa shrine at his home and he is worshipping the Rajapaksa’s pictures. So, Dinesh can take these, too, and put them up there in that shrine," he said.

"Look at this photograph taken on Dec. 17, 2014. The one next to President Rajapaksa is Dharmalingam Yogeswaran. Then I have another picture of Rajapaksa hugging KP," the minister said.

The minister showed further printouts of online news stories, which alleged that former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had also met members of the Tamil diaspora.

"They met all the members of Tamil diaspora in secret now finding fault with us when we try to usher in peace. We are accused of being sympathetic to the LTTE," Mr Samaraweera charged.

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