In the latest release from Wikileaks, former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband is reported to have said that he was spending 60% of his time on Sri Lanka, trying to satisfy the Tamil voter base in the UK. This voter base was represented by hundreds of thousands of protestors in London at the time, many of whom were flying LTTE flags and supporting that banned terrorist organization. In a report from Foreign Office Sri Lanka team leader Tim Waite, it was said that:
Waite said that much of HMG and ministerial attention to Sri Lanka is due to the “very vocal” Tamil Diaspora in the UK, numbering over 300,000 and who have been protesting in front of Parliament since April 6. He said that with UK elections on the horizon and many Tamils living in Labour constituencies with slim majorities, the Government is paying particular attention to Sri Lanka, with Miliband recently remarking to Waite that he was spending 60 percent of his time at the moment on Sri Lanka.
The full cable, dated May 7, 2009 can be read on the Wikileaks site. This release come as President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s planned speech at the Oxford Union was cancelled due to Tamil diaspora protests.