A delegation from the pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance (TNA) called on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday evening and discussed issues related to the war displaced in the north.

This is the first meeting between the TNA and Mr. Rajapaksa after the LTTE was militarily defeated.

Separately, while strongly condemning the Channel 4 telecast of a video footage seen as tarnishing the image of Sri Lanka, the government reiterated that it would take up the issue “with serious concern” as the threat posed by such acts could occur again.

Minister of Human Rights and Disaster Management Mahinda Samarasinghe told a news conference in Colombo that four separate scientific enquiries into the video clip had established that the incident portrayed was fabricated and contained many technical improvements to support the dastardly motives of its producers.

Mr. Samarasinghe said “the precise experiments” conducted by highly qualified IT experts had concluded their testing, clarifying the video clip to be the product of dubbed and graphic effects on a stream of performances by a group of persons.

He said the issue was raised by him with the U.N. Secretary-General when they met last week. “I informed the U.N. chief that this was a fabricated story created with the sole objective of tarnishing the image of the country.”

“I assured him that facts can further be clarified when the scientific experiments into the alleged concocted video clip are concluded,” said the Minister.

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