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Country’s reputation compromised

Mass Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said Sarath Fonseka had greatly damaged the international reputation of Sri Lanka through irresponsible statements in an interview with The Sunday Leader. Speaking in regard to the statement issued by Fonseka to The Sunday Leader, the Minister stated that Sunday Leader Editor Fredrica Jansz could not have misinterpreted the statement.

The Minister stated that the particular newspaper was already facing a Court case and was prohibited from mentioning Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s name if not explicitly mentioned by those interviewed.

If not the newspaper would be guilty of contempt of Court.

Fredrica Jansz further stated yesterday that she had reported Fonseka’s statement exactly as stated.

The Minister stated that Fonseka’s statement had led to a widespread international outcry. This will pose a major problem for all future leaders. Sri Lanka’s damaged reputation had been slowly recovering through much diplomatic effort. However, through Fonseka’s statements this position has been reversed.

Fonseka had said that the Sunday Leader Editor had quoted his comments out of context.

The Minister queried how such a person who contradicts his own statements could be fit to hold the supreme office of the country.

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