Oxford Union Cancels President’s Address; LTTE Targets Home of Free Speech

The Oxford Union canceled the proposed address by His Excellency The President of Sri Lanka. They cited security concerns for doing so.

His Excellency President Rajapaksa is in the UK with a senior delegation of Sri Lankan politicians and business leaders. During this visit the delegation are meeting with UK parliamentarians, business leaders and members of the Sri Lankan community in the UK.

Statement issued by Mr Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka.

For security reasons the speech by His Excellency President Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka at the Oxford Union, the home of free speech, has been cancelled. This is a decision that has been made unilaterally by the Oxford Union, reportedly as a result of pressure applied by pro-LTTE activists.

His Excellency President Rajapaksa said:

“I am very sorry this has had to be canceled but I will continue to seek venues in the UK and elsewhere where I can talk about my future vision for Sri Lanka.”

His Excellency went on to say

“I will also continue in my efforts to unite all the people of our country whether they live in Sri Lanka or overseas.

As a united country we have a great future. If we allow divisions to dominate we will not realise our true potential.

We have had thirty years of division and conflict. We must now secure peace and harmony for all Sri Lankans.”

Source: Government News Portal