Bob Rae denied entry to Sri Lanka
Posted on June 10th, 2009

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario .Canada

The Editor (Letters)
THE OTTAWA CITIZEN

Sir:

Liberal Foreign Affairs critic Bob Rae was denied entry into Sri Lanka today (June10). What
did he expect from the Sri Lankan Government after getting up in parliament
on June 2 and saying, “Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
It is clear that it is now necessary that there should be a public enquiry into the events that
have taken place in Sri Lanka….. What will the Minister do to ensure that an international enquiry
is carried out with regard to this question?”

This is after 29 countries defeated the motion to have such an enquiry at the UN Human Rights
Council with the intention to produce the Sri Lankan Government at the International War Crimes Court.
Canada was one of the 12 mostly European countries that voted for this motion.

This is what Rae was promoting after Sri Lanka battled on its own to get rid of the most ruthless
terrorist organizations in the world, the Tamil Tigers, that killed thousands of innocent civilians,
assassinated political opponents and haemorrhaged that island nation for 26 long years.

What was Rae thinking going into this sovereign country with a one way ticket? Did he expect a
red carpet treatment? Come on Bob Rae, wake up!

Asoka Weerasinghe

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