:I would like to apologise to MPs of Tamil Nadu if I have caused any discontent or concern or distress in their minds. I feel sorry about that,” High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam told reporters.
The diplomat was earlier quoted by an Indian newspaper as saying that New Delhi should investigate Indian MPs sympathetic to the Tamil cause.
“That is not what I meant,” Kariyawasam clarified, after meeting an official of the external affairs ministry where he was summoned to explain his remarks.
“What I meant say was the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) lobby groups abroad and in this region carrying on a campaign of disinformation (against Sri Lanka),” he said.
He said when he referred to “investigation”, he meant the Tamil lobby groups abroad, not Indian MPs.