FOREIGN HAND IN PARLIAMENT
(Courtesy Ceylon Today)
Not only the ordinary British citizens, but also the Queen, the Prime Minister, and top leaders were also shocked when it was revealed that much trusted Chief of Intelligence, Sir Anthony Blunt was working as a spy for the Soviet Intelligence Service, the KGB. Blunt, a Cambridge don, was one of the most trusted public servants of Britain, until it came to light about his traitorous acts.
The revelation made in Parliament earlier this week that Former Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam, who is now an adviser to the Speaker is being paid by the United States Government sent ripples through the intellectuals as well as security circles, as such payments are highly detrimental to the national interests of Sri Lanka.
Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said that Parliament is an independent institution, and if a senior adviser is being paid by a foreign country, the public might think Parliament is being manipulated by foreign entities. If any advisor is paid by Parliament there is no problem. But the issue here is that a person is being paid by another country and he is serving our Parliament. No one can be employed by Parliament when he is paid by another country. If his services are required, he should be paid by this Parliament,” he said.Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) leader Dinesh Gunawardena questioned Speaker Karu Jayasuriya as to how Kariyawasam was appointed as his Foreign Affairs Advisor when such a position does not exist in Parliament. Gunawardena claimed that Kariyawasam was an individual who is being paid by the US Government, adding that they have serious concerns, that in addition to advising the Speaker, whether Kariyawasam also acts to gather critical intelligence for other Nations.”………
By Sugeeswara Senadhira