President didn't know about N. Korea statement: Minister

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President Maithripala Sirisena has called for an investigation into a statement issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry condemning the firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile by North Korea.    

Co-Cabinet Spokesman and Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said neither the President nor Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe knew about the statement.

“Even Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake didn’t know about this. As such the President called for an inquiry at the Cabinet meeting,” the Sports Minister said today.     

The statement issued by the Ministry said ‘Sri Lanka condemns hostile acts by North Korea which threatens international peace and security.’

It said “The Government of Sri Lanka condemns the firing of a ballistic missile of intercontinental range by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 28 July 2017, and the series of recent similar hostile acts by DPRK in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions.

DPRK’s continued pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and proliferation related activity pose a significant threat to international peace and security.

In the interest of peace and security of all concerned, we urge the DPRK to refrain from such hostile acts and programmes, in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions, which impact adversely on the stability of the region and beyond.

The international community must unite in words and deeds to seek solutions to this grave situation which is an ever increasing threat to international peace and security,”

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  • Haramanis Friday, 04 August 2017 03:09 PM

    Led by the Foreign Minister himself by example - not knowing anything at all

    Sunil Friday, 04 August 2017 03:09 PM

    Sir, so sad to say that you have no control over your own people.

    ANTON Friday, 04 August 2017 03:13 PM

    NO ONE TELLS RAVI ANYTHING, EVEN HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTERS.

    yahapalana Wednesday, 09 August 2017 01:26 PM

    not want areest,,mr ravi should recover for government loss..this is pepoles want

    Mevan Friday, 04 August 2017 03:16 PM

    Ravi K does not know what is going on even in his home. So it is fair that he did not know what went on in his ministry.

    ceylon Friday, 04 August 2017 03:17 PM

    atatement is perfectly correct.see the idiot nature of the president.he is against good things and support bad things.he want to harass the officials now. via DM Android App

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Saturday, 05 August 2017 07:04 AM

    The statement may be correct, but officials have no right to issue statements on sensitive matters like this without the approval of the President or at least the Prime Minister.

    Roman Friday, 04 August 2017 03:25 PM

    Aiyo Ravi!

    Ruwan Friday, 04 August 2017 03:32 PM

    For ceylon.Please read this.Even Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake didnt know about this. via DM Android App

    Hadam Friday, 04 August 2017 03:33 PM

    Ravi know nothing, even who pays his rent.

    Martin Milton Friday, 04 August 2017 05:13 PM

    Yet again..." Idid not know" He does not seem to know anything important till long past the 'use by' date...!Such ignorance is difficult to accept.MM

    Roshan Friday, 04 August 2017 05:30 PM

    what Ravi know? only stealing....

    DG Friday, 04 August 2017 05:41 PM

    It is shocking to note the Foreign Affairs Ministry issuing statements on international affairs without the knowledge of the President. Was it approved by the PM. Are there no proper guidelines or a Code of Practice?

    Saman Friday, 04 August 2017 07:46 PM

    You also know nothing.. like Jon Snow.

    sarath Saturday, 05 August 2017 06:43 AM

    This country is run by a deaf blind and dumb leader. This is not the first time President had disassociated with certain statements and decisions alleged to have made and taken by the Govt. This is a serious state of affairs. Reason for this he is one person who disassociated all the acts done by the previous govt as if he was not a minister then.

    Haramanis Tuesday, 08 August 2017 01:23 PM

    We appear to have forgotten our friends who helped us defeat terrorism - North Korea being one of the very few!!!

    Lapaya Hapana Tuesday, 08 August 2017 09:08 PM

    Here we go again Mr President..It came all over the papers your excellency..!! Ha Ha you screwed up again Sir..!!


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