President's decisions: FM briefs foreign diplomats

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Foreign Minister Sarath Amunugama today briefed foreign diplomats based in Colombo at the Foreign Affairs Ministry regarding the chain of events that compelled President Maithripala Sirisena to dissolve Parliament, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

It said the minister had emphasized on the constitutionality of the steps taken by the President and added that having being elected through a nation-wide vote, the President derives his authority directly from the people of Sri Lanka.

He said in the event of a conflict between the organs of government, seeking a mandate from people who are sovereign ensures that democracy prevails.

“The minister also made special note of the peaceful atmosphere that continues to prevail in Sri Lanka, in the midst of internal political changes. This is to the credit of the people of Sri Lanka and re-affirmed the democratic traditions of the country. Through the measures adopted, the minister said the Executive has discharged his responsibility in ensuring the security and safety of all Sri Lankans, which may have been compromised by the growing tension and the departure from parliamentary traditions,” the statement said.

Several country representatives present at the briefing have expressed their confidence in the strength of Sri Lanka’s long standing democratic traditions in resolving this internal matter.

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  • Samson Monday, 12 November 2018 09:59 PM

    It is sad that as an educated politician you talk nonsense when the constitution is clear. Not expected from a person like you.

    Village Baiya Monday, 12 November 2018 09:59 PM

    Poor old Sarath A. This must be the most difficult task in your entire career. Be honest and answer.

    Samson Monday, 12 November 2018 10:10 PM

    As a educated politician how can we respect you when you are acting like a illiterate. Diplomats are not fools like those politicians in this country and you cannot fool them the way you fool the public.

    Sam Monday, 12 November 2018 10:28 PM

    Why brief foriegn diplomats???? MR and companies allergic to western countries..... Now modawansa will sit in front of foriegn ministry and fast having lemon puff until MR come a glass of lime juice....

    Siripala Monday, 12 November 2018 11:20 PM

    Self appointed Foreign Minister.

    Mahinda Raja Tuesday, 13 November 2018 12:17 AM

    half of the diplomats not present. what is the reason..plese brief me.

    Premalal Tuesday, 13 November 2018 01:39 AM

    Did they believe that the President could make decisions on his own without someone twizting his arm?

    Jude Tuesday, 13 November 2018 01:47 AM

    Yeah, the diplomats came out from the meeting saying, Oh, watta Clown!!!! Precisely!!!

    Gemunu Tuesday, 13 November 2018 02:21 AM

    You made a big fuss about interference of foreign envoys and now you are briefing them. Why cannot you talk the talk and walk the walk? Tell us envoys of which countries were present.

    kulesh Tuesday, 13 November 2018 03:40 AM

    Why are you wasting your valuable time in briefing the diplomats whom you repeatedly tell that they meddling in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka? Most of the prominent countries had boycotted your meeting and others had sent junior officers which clearly shows where we stand before the eyes of foreign countries. If you can't feel the pulse of the diplomats, you are not fit o handle the job!

    Jude Tuesday, 13 November 2018 06:19 AM

    There's ALWAYS two Sides FOR the Story!!! The diplomats just heard the Lame side of the story!!! And its a moot point to hear the other side of the story!!! It was a blatant abuse of executive power and absolutely NO regard for Democracy and the Constitution!!!

    I am the greatest Tuesday, 13 November 2018 06:33 AM

    Mr.Prof don't dance to the uneducated policies.

    666 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 07:05 AM

    Sarath, please do not be another sarath n Silva.

    Dee Tuesday, 13 November 2018 07:50 AM

    Who was present other than China, Libya, Maldives, Iran?

    Rohan Tuesday, 13 November 2018 08:03 AM

    People have lost confidence in those so called "educated politicians" in this country. Top tier liars are Sarath Amunugama, Prof GL Peries and Harsha VW de Silva

    ram Tuesday, 13 November 2018 08:08 AM

    If we don't want foreign interventions at all, why need to call and explain them.


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