Responding to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who had told him that the government should focus on the country’s security following the recent detection of hidden arms and ammunition, and the comments made by former minister G. L. Peiris, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday that Mr. Rajapaksa should make a statement in parliament and Professor Peiris should divulge to the police all of the information he had on the subject.
Speaking at a function in Colombo, Mr. Wickremesinghe said Mr. Rajapaksa should make a statement in the House so that they could discuss it and take measures to safeguard the country.
“We can discuss the incident in parliament and take suitable steps if he makes a statement,” he said.
“I doubted whether this function would take place today when I read the morning papers. I wondered whether there would be WTC style attack here. Professor G L Peiris has spoken of such a thing . I inquired from the police and they said there was no such threat,” he said.
He said Mr. Rajapaksa had phoned and told him to investigate the matter. He said he had informed President Maithripala Sirisena of it and discussed it with Minister Sagala Ratnayake. He said it was decided to investigate it. He said he would make a statement in parliament next week .
He said such hauls were a common occurrence after a war. “You still come across arms and ammunition hidden during the Second World War. Some ammunition and love letters written by an American soldier to his fiancé were found in a house in the UK recently” he said.
He said such incidents had taken place in Sri Lanka as well, and sometimes the government was tipped off by the Tamils themselves.
He said there may be attempts to sabotage the economic development plans of the government, and the LTTE and other anti government groups could be involved in such attempts. “Perhaps both are doing it together,” he said.
He said the government analyst had been asked to help in the investigation.
“Terrorism should not be allowed to re-emerge but steps should be taken to stop communalism,” he said. (Yohan Perera)
Comments - 17
NZR Friday, 01 April 2016 01:56 PM
Geneva loosing now suffering from dissociating disorder (the time has come) via DM iOS App
Lanka Watch Friday, 01 April 2016 07:38 AM
Excellent response Prime minister.! GLP should be takento the police station and questioned on his statement,under rating the intelligence services.
Bismark Friday, 01 April 2016 07:39 AM
Better nip it off, if there is any threat, sooner than waiting for a disaster. SL had enough suffering in the past due to negligence. NATO (No Action Talk Only) situation is not good and no potential in any means.
anja Friday, 01 April 2016 07:43 AM
Enough your jorkes please.What the relationship between love letter and sri Lankan civil war.dollar had risen to 150 stop your mr.been character and do something wellbeing of poor people via DM Android App
Ara Friday, 01 April 2016 08:00 AM
Mr Wickramasinghe, stop blaming others, PLEASE, PLEASE take control of the situation...I heard defense sec saying yday "apita nikan badu tikak hamba una"Is that how he views suicide kit and bombs...
CW Saturday, 02 April 2016 10:13 AM
Your name tells everything. No need further explanations.
fed-up Friday, 01 April 2016 08:23 AM
I have had it with your lies and false promises. my vote for the UNP is lost as the promised mandate is not honoured.. your approach as the premier is alarming horrorful.. via DM Android App
M O Daya Friday, 01 April 2016 05:11 PM
The previous regime pushed the economy to a bottomless pit and it is not easy for any subsequent govt. to come out of this easily. The traitors of the previous regime who are worse than the LTTE are trying to destabilize the country, to mislead the people and come back to power. MS and RW should get SF to investigate.
Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 01 April 2016 09:43 AM
You should be happy to cast your vote to the Honest gentlemen, not the Rogues
ranmala Friday, 01 April 2016 09:54 AM
Still you guys can't find who is behind all these. I know who is behind all these mayhem. Go and ask an ordinary country man he will tell you
Kanages Ramesh Friday, 01 April 2016 09:54 AM
“Terrorism should not be allowed to re-emerge but steps should be taken to stop communalism,” reflects your humanity. Corrupt politicians will even collude with the devil to safeguard their personal interests, putting self before country or the people. Only a compassionate few like you Sir, would understand the tension and suffering these acts would inflict upon a particular community. I thank you for your understanding Mr. Prime Minister!
Onlooker Friday, 01 April 2016 10:02 AM
Not answering the point , just jabbering unnecessary talk to divert the attention .
eds Friday, 01 April 2016 11:09 AM
not for dismantling the intelligence service?
Manique Fernando Friday, 01 April 2016 11:37 AM
Stop murdering the messenger Mr PM. Be concern about the safety of the country. Enough of you jokes.
Henry Friday, 01 April 2016 11:45 AM
No comments on / from Opposition Leader! Why?
Bala Friday, 01 April 2016 12:54 PM
Becos he knows this is unnecessay chaos created by MR and his jokers. Weapons have been found before and even WW2 bombs were found two yar ago.
Raj Friday, 01 April 2016 12:55 PM
Once A powerful Politician bribed Millions to LTTE to come to power. Please consider if that is happening now as well!
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