Sri Lanka Says it Knows Who Breads Its Butter, and it Ain’t Sweden. Mark Leon Goldberg April 28, 2009 This is just amazing. The Sri Lankan government denied a visa to Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, apparently fearful that Bildt would add his voice to the growing international chorus condeming the military's counter-insurgency tactics that have claimed at least 6,000 civilian lives since January. The AFP has a startling quote from an un-named Sri Lankan foreign ministry official who exhibits a troubling animosity toward Europe."The Swedish minister also wanted to jump on that bandwagon and we said no," the official said."Some think they can land up at our airport and expect a red carpet treatment. We are not a colony and neither a bankrupt Third World country. Our main donors are in Asia, not in Europe," the official added.In fact, the International Monetary Fund is currently in negotiations with Sri Lanka over a $1.9 billion loan. I imagine that the un-named government official is miffed that the loan has not been approved quicker. Still, playing hostile with the Europeans may not be the best way to get that loan approved.