Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today asked the media which “went shopping” for the “18th Amendment, the Junta and G.L. Peiris” not to spoil the constitutional process.
“I’m telling the Daily Mirror which was a scab when journalists were killed in the North and South, to at least change now, since the Sun God has arrived,” he said at the National Thai Pongal Ceremony held in Jaffna.
“I’m not ready to make the Constitution with G.L. Peiris’ junta like how the 18th Amendment was created. Those who were defeated today cry about the importance of transparency. So I’m saying will make it openly with the 225. President Maithripala Sirisena said not to make it with a junta,” he said.
The Prime Minister said no constitutional draft had still been prepared and that it would only be done with the views collected from the people.
“The Constitutional Assembly will act in a transparent manner. It will collect views of the people and hold discussions with the provincial councils as well. That’s how the Constitution should be made,” he said adding that they were ready to devolve power and to establish democracy.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said they were taking action according to the Geneva Proposals which were passed unanimously and that action would be taken against those who had committed crimes, be it LTTE cadres or security forces' personnel.
He went on to note that the government was in the process of creating a mechanism to execute the Geneva proposals with inputs from Japan and South Africa to establish true reconciliation in the country. “We will establish a Compassionate Council headed by religious leaders in this endeavour,” he said.
Commenting on the presence of the security forces in the North and East, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said he had spoken with the Tri-forces' Chiefs and that the Army Chief had said the presence of the army personnel would be gradually decreased in the area and deployed for duties in other areas.
He said the country needed a Sri Lankan security force which would consist of members of all communities. “The Police have already taken measures to recruit some 500 officers from the North and I have spoken with the State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardena to introduce cadet training at schools here,” he said.
The Prime Minister also said that the exiting Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) was outdated and that if necessary the government would introduce a new one by mid this year, like the British law to face international terror threats. “I don’t think there will be any terror threat in Sri Lanka in the future,” he said.
Comments - 25
Lal Friday, 15 January 2016 08:09 PM
You are certainly out of your mind! RW is saying the truth he is not sending white vans but showing the bad things about media
Sapu Friday, 15 January 2016 08:12 PM
RW has the strength to criticize media when its wrong not a coward like GR or MR who send white vans when journalists say anything bad about them
sarath Friday, 15 January 2016 08:21 PM
When 1972 Constitution was made we had politicians like Colvin, NM, Felix, JR, SJV, Amirthalingam to give guide lines for the promulgation of the constitution. In 1978 also JR and HW did the needful whether like it or not. But today :( " Ape ratata thunuruwan saranai"
Prof. G.L. Peiris Friday, 15 January 2016 08:24 PM
You should be arrested for not having a BSc yet!
Prof. G.L.Peiris Friday, 15 January 2016 08:25 PM
I am a Professor not a beggar like you!
White Van Driver Friday, 15 January 2016 08:26 PM
Do you want to be the next?
Handipora Friday, 15 January 2016 08:27 PM
Fully agree with RW says. Hats off to him
gayan Friday, 15 January 2016 08:49 PM
Dont insult Batalanda victims.
Kusum Friday, 15 January 2016 08:56 PM
Who was the horikadaya in UNP, when late Gamini Dissanayake was killed by the LTTE?
Nuwan Sunday, 17 January 2016 05:11 AM
In fact Richard De Zoyza was killed by MARA. Evidence will be gathered by the FCID...
anon Saturday, 16 January 2016 01:12 PM
To him ltte cadres and security forces are equal it seems
ANTON Saturday, 16 January 2016 01:30 PM
THE WORD , HE IS TRYING TO PRONOUNCE , START WITH THE LETTER "F"
Liberal One Saturday, 16 January 2016 01:31 PM
How can the terrorism law in UK suit our country? This is why these slaves could not end the war for 30 years
modaya Friday, 15 January 2016 06:55 PM
onlooker Friday, 15 January 2016 06:59 PM
Make sri lanka a colony of Britain? Why not make it a colony of USA ?. Is this the media freedom RW was speaking about?
Adahan Saturday, 16 January 2016 05:13 PM
He has bulldozed through many a hurdle to come up to the present position. He is the man the nation needs. via DM Android App
Yahapala Saturday, 16 January 2016 05:24 PM
We can remember during MR regime when reporters write something against him,he too crititisize media.
Ram Friday, 15 January 2016 07:16 PM
Seems like RW is out of his mind and bringing back his past qualities. Feel sorry for the people who thought he is a genuine guy. People will pay a huge price for bringing back to the office,. Last time we were lucky to get rid of him after 2 years, this time?
Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 15 January 2016 07:17 PM
Sir, GL should be arrested for spreading false statements against you.
rew Saturday, 16 January 2016 06:30 PM
Time to disband this circus of Politicians. Defer the 20th amendment for another day, charge the rogues and send them to jail for 5 or more years.
J Palitha Friday, 15 January 2016 07:23 PM
Like some other old Ministers, GL too is getting a monthly allowance of US$ 2000 from MR. So he has to say something.
chandra Saturday, 16 January 2016 06:43 PM
Recruiting of tamil speaking personel to forces was started some times back.RW does notknow that via DM Android App
Mason Saturday, 16 January 2016 06:48 PM
Unable to see others points of view, is getting angered. Not good signs for democracy.
sana Saturday, 16 January 2016 06:55 PM
he has no survival without western powers He is a puppet of westerners.His aim is to punish war heroes.."coming colors no good"
Citizen Friday, 15 January 2016 08:03 PM
Were there any HORIKADAYAS (scabs) when Richard de Soyza killed?Citizen
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