President not bothered about Geneva
( March 2, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) There were some informal moments too when President Mahinda Rajapaksa chose to meet some 17 members of the Foreign Correspondents Association on Friday afternoon. One came moments before a group photograph was taken on the rear steps of Temple Trees. “Sir, Mokadda mey Geneva kala baley,” (What is this fuss about Geneva?), asked one foreign correspondent.
“Mama Kalabala welaa nehe. Mama kivva GL tath yanna epai kiyala,” (I am not disturbed. I told even GL (meaning the External Affairs Minister) also not to go.
“Meva ithing foreign trip gahanna ney. Ekata egollo kemathi,” (This is to make foreign trips. They like it), he quipped. What about the outcome in Geneva, he was asked. The reply “Eka podi black mark ekak vitharai” (that is only a small black mark). Another asked Rajapaksa when the Presidential poll would be held. He first said he had not thought about it. He then said it would be in 2016 and added that earlier on Friday, he had also told the Cabinet of Ministers about it.