With reference to the Inside Politics column in your edition of June 27, where mention has been made that the President is said to have attributed the losing of the GSP+ concession to “some NGOs run by people like Weliamuna and Pakiasothy (Saravanamuttu)” I wish to categorically state that neither TISL nor I have any official standing in relation to the GSP+ issue.
Further, we have not at any stage, in public or private lobbied against the obtaining of the GSP+ concession or submitted any reports to EU in relation to GSP+. If such a remark has in fact been made by the president, I believe that he has been totally misled by someone who has misrepresented the facts and has done so with malicious intentions.
We trust you will be kind enough to publish the above
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