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* Sri Lankan President requests report on defamatory article on Defense Ministry website
Tue, Aug 5, 2014, 08:47 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 05, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said that he has requested for a report on how a defamatory article on Indian leaders was published on the Defense Ministry website without authorization.

President Rajapaksa informed this to the media when he met with Sri Lankan newspaper editors and news directors of radio and television stations Monday at Temple Trees.

During the meeting, a journalist asked a question pertaining to an article that was "published without proper authorization" on the website of Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense and Urban Development about the letters written by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Responding to the question, Head of National Intelligence Major General (Retd) Kapila Hendawitharana explained that the article had been published "without proper authorization" and that, upon notification, it was immediately removed from the site.

"As a Government, we express our regret over the incident," President Rajapaksa said.

The President further told the journalists that he has requested for a report on how the article was published without authorization.

The derogatory article triggered a furor in India within hours after its publication and Tamil political parties in India have even urged the Indian government to severe diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan Ministry immediately removed the offending article and published an "unqualified apology" to the Indian leaders. The apology can be read at http://goo.gl/9Mb90h.

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