Lankapage Logo CP 19 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* UK foreign office destroys documents on India-Sri Lanka relations during war against LTTE
Sun, May 27, 2018, 07:31 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 27, Colombo: The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has destroyed around 195 files, including documents relating to relations between India and Sri Lanka at the peak of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) led civil war, sparking concern among archivists and researchers, Press Trust of India reports.

The Foreign Office has confirmed that it destroyed 195 files on Sri Lanka, dating from 1978 to 1980.

Some of the documents were on the role of the British spy agency MI5 and Secret Air Service (SAS) in Sri Lanka, The Guardian reported. The MI5 and the Secret Air Service had reportedly advised Sri Lanka's security forces during the LTTE crisis between 1978 and 1980.

While the government departments are obligated to preserve historic records under the Public Records Act 1958, it was not required to preserve the documents, the Foreign Office has said in response to a Freedom of Information request from the Guardian.

"Two of the documents they destroyed were called 'Sri Lanka/India relations' from 1979 and 1980," said journalist and researcher Phil Miller, who discovered the files were missing as part of a freedom of information request.

The files purportedly had references to India's relations with the former British colony, including the work of the Indian Peace Keeping Forces during the civil war in Sri Lanka.

Critics have opposed the development. "Removing or destroying historical records from public custody at the National Archives hurts all of us and is an illegal act," Vairamuttu Varadakumar, founder of the Tamil Information Centre, was quoted as saying in the Guardian report.

"It appears that the Foreign Office's action is designed to cover up the involvement of the SAS and MI5 in the training of Sri Lankan security forces that might be potentially embarrassing to Her Majesty's government."

The center fears that the destruction of FCO files adds to the loss of information, which dates back to the burning of the Jaffna Library by the Sri Lankan Army in 1981, which housed palm-leaf manuscripts and ancient documents, and the destruction of the Jaffna Museum in 1989.


ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
Special High Court to hear Gamini Senarath's case on Oct. 23
-- [4 hours ago]
Israel to grant five-year work visas Sri Lankan migrant workers in agriculture sector
-- [5 hours ago]
Little Sri Lankans treated to fun and games by ComBank and ITN at Weli Oya
-- [5 hours ago]
Indian couple nabbed with Rs. 24.5 million worth heroin at Sri Lanka airport
-- [6 hours ago]
Elite Police Special Task Force assigned for security at Sri Lanka's prisons from today
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka successfully launches a platform to define the future of the Indian Ocean
Sri Lanka PM assures to provide solutions to rising fuel prices
Danger of dengue spreading with the arrival of rains, Sri Lanka Health Ministry warns
FR petition filed in Sri Lanka Supreme Court requesting to take back Trincomalee oil tanks from Indian Oil Company
Sri Lankan President says proper measures are taken to overcome the economic crisis

Copyright © 2000, 2016 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.