British Defence Secretary to visit Sri Lanka

British Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox is to visit Sri Lanka later this month to deliver the Lakshman Kadirgamar memorial lecture.

Last Updated: Dec 07, 2010, 14:46 PM IST

Colombo: British Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox
is to visit Sri Lanka later this month to deliver the Lakshman
Kadirgamar memorial lecture, a local media report has said.

The widow of the late foreign minister has confirmed to
one of the local TV channels, that Dr Fox will deliver the
memorial lecture in Colombo on December 18.
Kadirgamar was assassinated in 2005 despite the government
and the LTTE then observing the Norway brokered ceasefire.

Fox`s government colleague, Alistair Burt, Secretary of
State of Foreign and Commonwealth office for South Asia
postponed his visit to the country this week amidst protests
against UK in Sri Lanka following cancellation of President
Mahinda Rajapksha`s speech at Oxford University.
However the British High Commission in Colombo said "the
postponement came due to parliamentary pressures in the UK and
the visit would be re-arranged as soon as possible".

PTI