Saturday, 12 April 2014 - 13:13
Britain bars visit to Sri Lanka by 5 of their MPs
A trip by five UK MPs and their partners, to Sri Lanka is cancelled amid cross-party recriminations - hours before departure.
The timing of the trip was controversial, coming just two weeks after the United Nations had approved a resolution against Sri Lanka.
This week, Sri Lanka said it would refuse to cooperate with the UN inquiry.
The trip, and all its costs, would have been borne by the Sri Lanka-based charity "Foundation of Goodness," founded by legendary spin-bowler Muttiah Muralitharan.
According to Conservative members of the group, the MPs would have met senior Sri Lankan government ministers and officials, including the President.
The charity denies having any political agenda and told that it is "entirely independent of the Sri Lankan government."
Conservative Party members of the parliamentary group said they are furious with two Labour members who, they claim, pulled the plug on their participation in the Easter-recess 'fact-finding' visit late on Wednesday night.
Unusually, the group had been planning to travel to the country without informing the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka of their proposed trip.