Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga organised sepical media briefing the Presidential Secretariat yesterday. Addressing the briefing Secretary went on to say extraordinary security provided to President Rajapaksa was indicative of the British government’s concern over threats the LTTE groups in London posed to the Sri Lankan leader.
In spite of tight security provided to President Rajapaksa, two suspicious-looking strangers, believed to be members of protesting LTTE groups, had been sighted in the hotel, where the President and his entourage were staying Weeratunga said.
"The British were alerted after our security contingent detected them." As the hosts of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2013) scheduled to be held in Colombo, the government couldn’t have turned down an invitation to attend the Queen’s Diamond jubilee. Claiming that the President’s London visit was a huge success, he accused a section of the media of covering the President’s London visit in a manner which was favourable to the LTTE.
He also added UK had made excellent security arrangements. The British government had also provided a separate bullet proof vehicle to President Rajapaksa in view of security threats.
Diaspora protesters had surrounded the Marlborough House. He said that except the LTTE activists, all others had suspended their protests in compliance with a request by the British police. Gunawardena said that action by the LTTE groups should serve as a warning to the British that they were a threat not only to the visiting Sri Lankan head of State but also to British democracy. "
The President had attended every other scheduled event, including a meeting with British Prime Minister, David Cameroon. According to the British news reports during the time of discussion British Prime Minister express views on implementing UNHRC proposal in the country.