The leader of the opposition has been advised to give prior notice when visiting an army camp in the future, said State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene.
“The army had advised the leader of the opposition that he should give notice to the army at least a day or two prior to his visiting a camp,” Mr. Wijewardene told journalists at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Maha Vidyalaya in Homagama last morning.
He said that the opposition leader had the right to visit any place in the country at any time, but that he should give prior notice if he intends visiting a military camp.
“We don’t consider this a major issue as Mr. Sampanthan did not force his way into the camp. He had intervened in an issue faced by the people of Kilinochchi, and neither the police nor the army had done any harm to him. They had only told him to give prior notice before visiting a military camp,” he said, explaining what had taken place during a recent incident where Mr. Sampanthan had entered a military camp.
Mr. Wijewardene said nothing would be done to affect the unitary status of the country. “The government will not allow any challenges to the unitary status or sovereignty of the country, but will work out a mechanism of devolving power with the consent of all parties,” he said.
“The Northern Provincial Council will have to work together with the central government no matter what decision it takes at any time,” he said. (Yohan Perera)
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Manel Thursday, 28 April 2016 12:30
Very correct sir!
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roger Thursday, 28 April 2016 13:03
Well said and positively acted on a sensitive matter to Mr. Sampanathan and the occupied military establishment. Your approach is the correct mechanism and extremely diplomatic. Thankyou again Mr. Ruwan! via DM Android App
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Aba Jayasekera Thursday, 28 April 2016 13:35
But Sumanthiran says this is private land. The fact is that it is now under army control. As a lawyer he should know that if the land is occupied by the army. Sampanthan cannot enter the land by force saying it is private land. Sumantharan's excuse for Sampanthan's trespass is a lame one not befitting Sumanthiran, a Supreme Court Lawyer.
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waco Thursday, 28 April 2016 16:21
State Minister for Defence,what made you to relax so much on security of Army Camps?One day the soldiers will have to pay the price for this fooish decision. Have you forgotten the past? How many police men got killed.Can any one enter an Army, Navy, or Air Force Camp in any country so easily?
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Casanova Thursday, 28 April 2016 17:12
You have patient sir, If I was the Defense Minister I would have given a shooting order.
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