Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Reply of the Public Affairs Officer of the US Consulate in Hyderabad about their representation to cut trees.

I mailed the Public Affairs Officer of the US Consulate in Hyderabad seeking clarification on their position. Below is a copy of my mail,

Dear Ms Juliet,
In the wake of the documents obtained by me using the Right to Information act (RTI) and also the recent news reports about the cutting of tress inside of the Paigah palace, i request you to clarify the position of the US Consulate. It has been made amply clear by the Forest Department that the US Consulate had indeed given a representation for felling of trees in Paigah Palace. The then US Ambassador had denied having any role in reply to an article in the OUTLOOK.
The reports in The Hindu, Mail Today and Eenadu are attached to this mail for your reference.
I request you to clarify the position of the US Consulate given these revelations.

This is the reply of the Public Affairs Officer Juliet Wurr.

“I’m sorry but I don’t know the answer.  I assume that the Ambassador gave what he thought was true.  There was no reason for him to lie.  No one here now was around when the supposed event took place.  I certainly would not base my answer on press reports but what I knew for a fact.  And I don’t know that.  Sorry.

Juliet Wurr

Public Affairs Officer

U.S Consulate General

Hyderabad, India”

I don’t know what to make of this reply. Acceptance or diplomatic or trying to run away from the issue. How can they not know the answer? The representation could not have been made in air. The copy of the representation should be available with the consulate. How can it disappear?

Use RTI !!


Gautham said...

Not entirely surprised with their answer. It doesn't come as a surprise the double standards they maintain.
Well, if she doesn't know, and the people who know aren't there, is this the end of the road?

On the lighter side, you surely will end up on their "black-list" if they have one. hehehe...
Good work mate!

Harish Peddi said...

This cannot be their stand. Either they have to admit the fact and apologies or they have to defend their stand showing ample amount of evidence to prove the same. I am sure there must be a lot of pictures they had taken even before they assume the place. It certainly cannot be the stand of an embassy.

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