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Sison Leaves, Rejects Minister’s Claims

By Easwaran Rutnam

The United States has denied allegations raised by a government minister who had said that former US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele J. Sison had offered him a bribe.

The US Embassy in Colombo in response to a question raised by The Sunday Leader, said that the allegations on Sison, who left Sri Lanka on Friday night to take up a post at the UN, were ‘baseless’.

According to media reports, Resettlement Minister Guneratne Weerakoon had told a political meeting in Aranwela on Thursday that he had recordings of the discussion where the bribe was offered to him, to which he says the Secretary to his Ministry was also privy.

The Minister had said that his experience had shown that this was how foreign ambassadors were buying government ministers.

“They reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of our engagement with senior government officials and our policy towards Sri Lanka as well as the U.S. political and economic system,” the Embassy said in response to the allegations.

Ambassador Sison had last week met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Foreign Minister G. L. Peiris and other senior government officials before leaving the country, and the US Embassy said they congratulated her on strengthening the bilateral relationship between both countries.

Sison has been appointed Deputy Representative of the United States to the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador, and Deputy Representative of the United States in the Security Council of the United Nations.

1 Comment for “Sison Leaves, Rejects Minister’s Claims”

  1. daggy

    A Coup hatched missio0n accoplished and denying and lieing between her teeth of an allegation of a bribe, Michele Sison departs having learnt a lesson the hardway.

    she has learnt that compared to her other postings, a Sri Lanka politicians had been too boiled & too hot to handdle and infact has been a smiling assasin.
    She will have many notes to share with her boss Samantha Powers on Sri Lanka when she assumes duties & will advise Samantha not to get her fingers burnt meddling with Sri Lanka

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