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Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa will meet the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navaneetham Pillai to brief her on the security situation in the country and on accountability when she arrives in the island, said Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Jagath Jayasuriya.
“Her visit, the CHOGM, the elections in North and UN HR session will directly impact on national security. Therefore we have to maintain law and order,” he said yesterday at a media briefing on the present security situation in the country and the responsibilities of the armed forces.

He said that the image of the country was very important and warned that there would be attempts to tarnish it before November

“We have information that the Tamil Diaspora is attempting to tarnish the image of Sri Lanka before the CHOGM. They are sending letters to leaders who are to attend the meeting asking them not to attend,” he said.

“There will be attempts to disrupt national security during the next few months targeting the CHOGM,” he added.

“Therefore we are planning to control our military appropriately as there will be incidents of sabotage by identifying social and economic problems in the country,” he said.

When asked about the Weliweriya incident, he said, “We asked the Inspector General of Police (IGP) why the military was called in for a developing situation as the military is normally called in for a desperate situation”.

“When the police are not able to handle a situation they just call in the armed forces. We have to stop this. Because they should come as the last option,” he said.

The military was called in to assist the police under the third clause of the 95th section of the Criminal Procedure Code, as the police were not able to deal with the situation. Whereas section 101of the code says that the government agent or a magistrate has to be present if such an assembly to be dispersed by military force.

“In Grandpass the police handled the situation well. We will take steps to keep the military from getting involved in such situations. But we are waiting for the report so that we would be able to see what happened there,” he said. (Supun Dias)

Video by Darshana Sanjeewa

  Comments - 23

  • Ahamaed Refai Thursday, 15 August 2013 04:31 AM

    This is like "horage ammagen pena blanawa wage"

    joe Saturday, 17 August 2013 12:40 AM

    sorry go,

    your broken english dosen't help prevent war crime against to you. try to put somebody eles in to that position. Ms pillai will enjoy five days tour.

    Matter Lokkah Friday, 16 August 2013 09:29 AM

    So very fittingly, you are calling him a Pig!!! Very appropriate though!!

    mack Thursday, 15 August 2013 12:00 AM

    ok pillai going to be bluff Sri Lankan style via DM Android App

    Sri-Lankan Lover Thursday, 15 August 2013 03:52 PM

    "In Grandpass police handled the situation well" This staement

    is very very wrong.

    RajasH Thursday, 15 August 2013 11:35 AM

    ...Her visit, the CHOGM, the elections in North and UN HR session will directly impact on national security.


    Citizen Kane Thursday, 15 August 2013 11:31 AM

    They can discuss the two Humanitarian Operations of Jaffna and Weliweriya.

    Nihal Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:19 AM

    Truth is what Anton commented above. Couldn't stop laughing!

    kondebendapucheena Thursday, 15 August 2013 08:14 AM

    Before she come here must visit Egypt yesterday over 2000 people killed in broad daylight by Army

    CW Thursday, 15 August 2013 06:52 AM

    Killing by anybody is not acceptable. But what I do not understand is why did these "peaceful protestors" had petrol bombs, clubs, bottles filled with sand etc etc. ?

    MagodisThuma Thursday, 15 August 2013 06:10 AM

    What Truth ?

    Mason Thursday, 15 August 2013 05:54 AM

    Tell her the truth, and nothing but the truth.

    mafaz Thursday, 15 August 2013 12:00 AM

    Grandpass situation was well handled by sightseeing. .... via DM Android App

    gon rala Thursday, 15 August 2013 04:20 AM

    Brilliant choice to counter tiger proxies hiding & enjoying the fruits of freedom in the country & all foreign sleeping tigers sitting on top of all ill-gotten blood monies to destroy the peace

    investigator Thursday, 15 August 2013 04:19 AM

    give her report of white van kidnappings and killings.

    Porky Pig Thursday, 15 August 2013 04:06 AM

    Accountability, start from Weliweriya, and work back to the thousands of killings.

    Porky Pig Thursday, 15 August 2013 03:48 AM

    I see the most taboo work "Accountability" mentioned. The "so called patriots" will not like it.

    Porky Pig Thursday, 15 August 2013 03:47 AM

    “When the police are not able to handle a situation they just call in the armed forces". This was done even from the way back in the 60s. The difference is that there was no live ammunition used or fired. This all started when the country started to be run by OL or less educated people.

    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 15 August 2013 03:40 AM

    It will be a fitting heavy weight bout.

    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 15 August 2013 03:39 AM

    Any discussion with prejudiced and pre-conceived mentality will not help in putting forward or gathering the “true picture” as they say.

    ANTON Thursday, 15 August 2013 03:26 AM


    John Thursday, 15 August 2013 03:26 AM

    Forget Pillay and the Tamil diaspora.....we all know as Sri Lankans living in SL that there's little law and order in the country?! Lets get that right with or without the C'wealth confab.

    saman rathnayaka Thursday, 15 August 2013 02:42 AM

    give her list of kidnappings and killings by white van.

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