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President Maithripala Sirisena said today he was unable to protect those who are found guilty of acts that are not connected to the national security and those who are guilty of killing media persons or sportsmen.

He emphasized that he would always take the fullest responsibility on behalf of any problem face by the officers, staff members and war heroes who fought against the LTTE.

The President, pointing out that it was the responsibility and duty of the government to protect the war heroes who fought for the Motherland, assured that he would always fulfill his responsibility as the President and Defence Minister.

He said that he was not prepared to make any war hero a suspect in the charges leveled against the armed forces and the government on the alleged violations of human rights during the war against terrorism.

While there is an unprecedented goodwill for Sri Lanka among the international community today and many people question as to what benefit could be derived to the country from this, President Sirisena said. “We are utilizing that goodwill and friendship for the protection of the honour and respect of our war heroes,” he said. He added that the most powerful world leaders have assured him that they would stand by Sri Lanka’s independence and democracy as well as on issues pertaining to the members of armed forces.

He made this statement at the opening of the newly constructed three-storeyed building at the Defence Services School in Kurunegala.

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  • Palitha Galapitiya Thursday, 30 March 2017 07:41 AM

    "KATHAWA DOLAWEN....... GAMANA PAYIN.........!!!"

    sam Thursday, 30 March 2017 07:46 AM

    You say these things only for your desperate political survival. You term as the guy who did not win an election the proper way is running out slowly.

    Kaboos Thursday, 30 March 2017 08:01 AM

    Between saying and doing there is a long distance.

    ananda Wednesday, 29 March 2017 04:33 PM

    We salute you President for the courageous statement made in respect of murders committed by the armed forces instigated by ....... against the media and sportsman. Bravo. via DM Android App

    Bala Wednesday, 29 March 2017 04:37 PM

    At last he has classified the difference between criminals in the Forces and the real Ranaviruwo while for the JO even criminals are in the same category of ranaviruyo..

    citizen silva Wednesday, 29 March 2017 05:00 PM

    Action speaks louder than words.lets begin with Thajudeen Ekneligoda

    Tilak Wednesday, 29 March 2017 05:12 PM

    At least after so many months waiting our President has found the reality of the need of 62 million people.

    Haramanis Thursday, 30 March 2017 09:20 AM

    We got to ask ourselves "where was he when all these events happened" ???. Was he on another planet?!!!

    Ganesh Thursday, 30 March 2017 09:42 AM

    Does the President mean being the war heroes is a license to murder anyone in the name of war .

    daily boru Thursday, 30 March 2017 05:09 PM

    You are there to run the country.The judiciary will look after rights and wrongs. Don't get involved in that.Then you are a great man!!!

    Sunil Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:26 AM

    Mr. President, That's fine.

    Lapas Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:33 AM

    Then why are you protecting Gota and his clan of murderers.Please 'Walk the Talk, NOT Talk the Walk

    Azhar Wednesday, 29 March 2017 06:36 PM

    Thats sounds good but where is the Action?? Mr.President you dont have much time to do anything, you have spent almost half of your term and people loosing thier hopes in you due to No Action ....so we need your action not the magic words in the crowd...

    walter Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:51 AM

    A welcoming statement this will definitely bring the killers of journalists and sportman to justice.!

    Senewi Wednesday, 29 March 2017 06:37 PM

    May be he wants to destroy his political enemy .

    Dammika Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:53 AM

    Excellent ... this is what country was waiting to hear and also VOTED this president and the government in to power. Let's begin now. Now anyone can say anything

    Daily boru Thursday, 30 March 2017 11:11 AM

    BUT they are WAR HEROS.

    Mano Thursday, 30 March 2017 07:19 PM

    Ganesh , This is Sri Lanka ..........!

    Jonson Wednesday, 29 March 2017 08:51 PM

    We welcome the most appreciable statement by the his exelency president Maithripala Sirisena. But we wonder why no action so far for the criminals we feel some one is protecting. via DM Android App

    R U MAD Wednesday, 29 March 2017 10:07 PM

    Is our leadership insane to protect murderers and criminals. Why not the law prosecute the accusers and punish them to life in prison for you to release them on Sinhala Avurudu goodwill gesture or on a presidential pardon.

    Lal Wednesday, 29 March 2017 10:42 PM

    Murder of Lasantha and Abduction and brutal assault of keith as well

    Nostradamus Wednesday, 29 March 2017 11:04 PM

    Action show action Go behind the murders and the ones who ordered it. You dont have much time left to do do. The patience of the people is running out. via DM Android App

    Lima Wednesday, 29 March 2017 11:14 PM

    SO THE MEDIA AND SPORTSMEN WERE KILLED BY GOTA AND MAHINDA , PROVED BEYOND DOUBT , WHER THESE KILLERS TO BE CHARGED FOR THESE MURDERS AND TO BE HANGED IN PUBLIC, SRI LANKA IS WAITING FOR THIS

    Eagle Wednesday, 29 March 2017 11:16 PM

    We appreciate your statement although bit late and the next what we need is to expedite the cases either by special courts or additional courts or whatever. Please remember justice delayed is justice denied.

    Sathya Dinawamu Thursday, 30 March 2017 02:12 AM

    Mr President the country is still with you as you are clean having come out of the cess pit, your white suit has been white always. Act without further delay justice must come to Lasantha Thajudeen and others

    kay Thursday, 30 March 2017 03:47 AM

    "he was unable to protect" is that the correct translation of his speech?If so then he would like to protect them but unable because of some factors like international community.He should have said I cannot protect. May be he spoke what he like, that is to protect the criminals.

    buwa Thursday, 30 March 2017 05:27 AM

    Are only Journalists and Sportsman humans how about the school children abducted via DM Android App

    sarath Thursday, 30 March 2017 05:49 AM

    He has no courage to do any thing but only talk. We have been waiting since 8 January 2015 for him to abolish Presidential system.Do this with courage and might. I consider you as a man who cannot be trusted.


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