Don't take John Amaratunga remarks seriously: Dayasiri

2017-12-14 07:29:36

Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara yesterday asked journalists not to treat seriously the remarks made by Tourism Promotion and Christian Religeous Affairs Minister John Amaratunga.

Journalists questioned the rationale of threatening remarks allegedly made by Minister Amaratunga targeting political opponents of the UNP saying that ‘the government is ours and the police therefore also ours’.

Minister Jayasekara: Don’t take much notice of these remarks. This is not the policy of the Yahapalana government. We are committed to uphold the concept of good governance, free and fair elections and the rule of law.

Journalist: But these remarks are an indication of what political opponents of the UNP could expect during this election time.

Minister Jayasekara. No no, please don’t make judgements on these flimsy utterances. Besides, Minister Amaratunga is a person with a big frame. He may have said those things without much thinking of the repercussions.

Journalist: A number of DIGs have complained to the Police Commission against the IGP. What is going on in the Police Department.

Minister Jayasekara: I am not aware. However, if such complaints have been made, the Police Commission will investigate it for sure.

Minister Rajitha Senaratne: Anyway, it is true that if you have the power, you have the Police force under you also.

Journalist: Do you think it is proper for Minister Amaratunga to say this?.

Minister Senaratne: We don’t do all what we say all the time.

Journalist: The US government has accepted Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the US embassy will be moved to Jerusalem from Tel-Aviv accordingly.

Minister Senaratne: No. Sri Lanka will not accept it and Sri Lanka’s embassy in Israel will not be moved to Jerusalem.

Journalist: Do Sri Lanka accept Jerusalem as the capital of Israel?

Minister Senaratne: Not at all. The entire Muslim world, EU, Russia, China and many other countries have already condemned this decision by the US. The Palestine Solidarity Movement of Sri Lanka has organized a rally in support of the Palestine on next Friday in Colombo. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

  Comments - 12

  • RD Thursday, 14 December 2017 08:54

    Based on that theory, threaten to kill someone it is not a crime as Minister Senaratne said "We don’t do all what we say all the time"Then that suspect of RK case should be release immediately.

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    voter Thursday, 14 December 2017 10:11

    A bunch of jokers. "We don’t do all what we say all the time". No wonder their promise to bring in Yahapalana has failed miserably. This lot is no better than the previous lot.

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    Flanker Thursday, 14 December 2017 12:22

    The Previous Government was 100 times better than the current lot FYI.

    Reply : 23       12

    Labby Thursday, 14 December 2017 10:21

    How seriously should we take Dayasiri, the minister who pulled players off a plane?

    Reply : 0       19

    Rasheed Thursday, 14 December 2017 10:22

    Why suddenly journalist worried about the Jerusalem issue? Is he trying drag the Muslim into this issue.

    Reply : 6       10

    Srian Thursday, 14 December 2017 10:32

    Both are jokers not to be taken seriously.

    Reply : 1       13

    mlasekara Thursday, 14 December 2017 10:42

    The SLC is not mine.

    Reply : 0       2

    Sincere Thursday, 14 December 2017 11:38

    Thank you for your concern Mr. Minister. Pls do not worry. By now, we do not take, not only John Amaratunge's , but any statement of any politician both in the government and in the opposition too seriously! You can be rest assured of that.

    Reply : 0       13

    ANTON Thursday, 14 December 2017 15:51


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    S.P.RAMKUMAR Thursday, 14 December 2017 18:12

    Jerusalem, a Middle Eastern city west of the Dead Sea, has been a place of pilgrimage and worship for Jews, Christians and Muslims since the biblical era. However it is uncontrolled of Israel. In the way of religious concern it is owned by Jews, Christians and Muslims including Armenians.

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    Rob Thursday, 14 December 2017 18:13

    Jumping Jack!!!!! Where you gonna jump

    Reply : 0       3

    Rob Thursday, 14 December 2017 18:18

    I put that in a simple way....because I did not want to offend the the statuesque..... But mind thinks about a clown like you in a few other different ways......

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