Renunciation of Citizenship Federal Register could be behind schedule-US envoy
Posted on August 19th, 2019

Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror

In response to comments about the name of SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s name not being in the Federal Register, US Ambassador Alaina B.Teplitz said on Monday that the Federal Register could often be months behind the recording of one’s renunciation of citizenship.

In an interactive session with a select group of journalists at her residence, she said the renunciation of citizenship was an administrative process.

You follow the steps. You eventually renounce your citizenship. However, she declined to comment on specific cases of renunciation citing that she had to abide by the laws of her country.”

She made these remarks in response to a question about comments made regarding the absence of Mr. Rajapaksa’s name in the list.

At the event, she also responded to a query about the US embassy expressing concern about the appointment of Maj.Gen. Shavendra Silva. She said it was only an articulation of her country’s position.

The ambassador said there was a difference between telling a country what to do and expressing concern on its actions.

My obligation is to share the policies and decisions of the United States,” she said.(

2 Responses to “Renunciation of Citizenship Federal Register could be behind schedule-US envoy”

  1. Randeniyage Says:

    Whether a president legally cannot have a citizenship of another country or not, it is a moral obligation that all candidates who held foreign citizenship to prove to public that he has renounced that citizenship.
    No point giving various excuses and voters should assume the candidate is not eligible if not proven.

    How can you expect one to serve Sri Lanka when one has given oath to another country and one’s family is living there ? This is getting ridiculous now.

  2. Dilrook Says:

    Yes it is behind schedule by a few months but correct for the quarter.

    Clinging on to straws.

    Sri Lanka should have an influential patriotic think tank without any political affiliation to assess what is good for the nation. Otherwise people are fooled easily. We must pity most MPs. They haven’t completed schooling properly. How can you expect them to guide the world’s second most educated people!

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