May 16, Colombo: The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom has written to the Editor of the Guardian newspaper after the web edition of the UK’s Guardian newspaper posted a quiz saying ‘Eelam’ as an indigenous name of Sri Lanka, linking it with the Tamil Tigers terrorist group, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Relations Ministry said in a statement today.
The Foreign Relations Ministry today said its attention is drawn to a quiz titled “Travel quiz: do you know your islands, Man Friday?” published on the web edition of The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom on Friday, 15 May 2020. The second question reads -‘Eelam is an indigenous name for which popular holiday island?’
Among the answers to this question, Sri Lanka has been listed as one of the choices and when one selects Sri Lanka as the answer, whilst indicating it as the correct answer, a further description ‘the full name of the island’s recent military insurgency was LTTE – Liberation Tigers for Tamil Eelam’ appears.
The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom wrote to the Editor of the Guardian newspaper on the inaccuracy of this information requesting that the content be removed.
The Guardian has now removed the quiz from its website.
Following is the letter the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in UK wrote to the Editor of the Guardian.