We have no problems with Palestine: but we need to think about our situation – Kindelpitiya

We have no problems with Palestine: but we need to think about our situation – Kindelpitiya

We have no problems with Palestine: but we need to think about our situation – Kindelpitiya

Written by Staff Writer

24 Aug, 2014 | 10:21 pm

Speaking at an event held in Kandy on Saturday, Cabinet Spokesperson, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, remarked on Sri Lanka’s recent donation of one million US dollars in aid, for Palestine.

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[quote]We are a middle income country. Although the opposition tries to portray us as a nation of beggars, this is not the reality at the grassroots level. Development endeavours in the country are moving forward with intent. I wont say there are no shortcomings. You can never initiate a project without there being shortcomings. In our foreign policy, we are very sensitive towards Palestine. And at a time when the entire global community is making commitments and supporting them in their time of trouble, I believe it is just for us to give what we can.[/quote]

At a media briefing convened on Sunday, the Democratic Party Group Leader in the Western Provincial Council, Susil Kindelpitiya, responded.

[quote]We know that we are in debt to the world. We are being trampled by debt. We take loans at high interest. Parliament’s approval has not been sought for this expenditure. These are public funds. Who pays tax for this? The people. Who pays the interest on the loans they obtain? The people. We have no problems with Palestine. It is not a problem to do with helping the people of Palestine. But we need to think about the situation in our own country.[/quote]

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