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25 August 2017 08:44 am - 21     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said that he did not like the Attorney General's Department being criticized by anyone and those who criticize must leave alone the AG’s Department to work in an independent and stress free environment.

“I don’t see any oversight or mistake in the performance of the AG’s Department", President Sirisena stressed.

President Sirisena told the Daily Mirror that there were lapses in filing charges against corrupt politicians and officials of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime but no one talked about what would have happened if there was no regime change in 2015.

He said Sri Lanka has been offered a grace period of two years from March 2017 by the UNHRC to fulfil the undertakings of the resolution co-sponsored by Sri Lanka in Geneva.

While reiterating that there will be no international judges or lawyers in a domestic inquiry on the alleged violation of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL), President Sirisena said it is premature to talk about a domestic inquiry now.

Commenting on the formation of the UNP – SLFP led Yahapalana Government and criticism on the government now by certain political groups, President Sirisena said, "When the two parties agreed to form a unity government in 2015, all approved it. So, why they criticized it now? What would have been the outcome if both parties did not agree to this?" he asked.

Commenting on the setting up of the National Economic Council (NEC), President Sirisena said it was established after consulting the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, the IMF and top professionals in trade and finance.

On the SAITM issue, President Sirisena said it has been over-politicized and beyond any quick remedy.

A discussion has been called by him among vice chancellors of all universities, deans of all medical faculties, the GMOA and officials of the higher education Ministry today to find a long lasting solution. In late 2014 all political parties affiliated to the UPFA vehemently protested against President Rajapaksa's decision not to go for a Presidential poll two years prematurely. I told him not to do it in writing. But he did not listen and declared an elections. He did that because he could not face the hostile attitude of the global community, the west in particular and the impending economic crisis," President Sirisena stressed.

“If there was no regime change in 2015, the global community, the US and EU would have imposed trade embargoes against Sri Lanka and political and military leaders would have taken before International Criminal Court for war crimes. The Yahapalana Government was able to defuse that negative impact on Sri Lanka and no country or international agency now talk about Sri Lanka’s war crimes and electric chair. The entire international community is friendly and respects Sri Lanka now. As a result of this positive global atmosphere, Sri Lanka has been able to regain GSP+ and remove fish export ban to the EU,” President Sirisena stressed.

"Though we have made a steady progress in the international arena, we have failed to put an end to corruption and waste" President Sirisena said.  (By Sandun A Jayasekera)

  Comments - 21

  • TJ Friday, 25 August 2017 08:55 AM

    The president may be right. The problem would have been with the minister.

    dp Friday, 25 August 2017 09:13 AM

    you are the executive president [if you have forgotten]it's you who have to take decisions ,not the public.the AG was summoned to temple trees and lambasted by UNP backbenches..what have you done?? nothing..if you have not read newspapers least be aware now..

    Rasheed Friday, 25 August 2017 10:45 AM

    Are you sure that the Media reports are correct?

    ceylon Friday, 25 August 2017 09:23 AM

    you are behind the protecting corruptions. via DM Android App

    sathees Friday, 25 August 2017 11:30 AM

    HE is not protecting, HE is not able to point the finger and sack the Ministers. Lack of confidence and leadership.

    rohan Friday, 25 August 2017 10:05 AM


    max Friday, 25 August 2017 10:14 AM

    ah??? Then why did you approve Wijedasa's removal? Is it because you wanted to pamper UNP thug MPs'?

    shanthapriya Friday, 25 August 2017 10:21 AM

    In other words what UNP did to Mr wijedasa rajapakse was wrong

    dhan Friday, 25 August 2017 10:46 AM

    We expecting should be responsible and careful enough not to use high handed tactics such as water canons, baton charges to humble educated and young crowds such as medical students, disabled soldiers etc. like in your previous government, they are challenging because there is some thing wrong in where, you may able to address it through consensus.Even MR may used those but his personality goes with mixer of rowdy and thuggish character but we are not expecting same from you

    Roy Friday, 25 August 2017 10:48 AM

    Seeking divine help on Bond Scam Saga?: PM to visit Sri Mookambika temple in India.When Seeking divine help on Maharaja Tele spectrum Scam Saga?When you are going to Mookambika temple in India. SL must seek divine at this stage to get rid of these pigs?

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 25 August 2017 11:57 AM

    Under President Premadasa, all government departments worked smoothly and correctly. Now, however, all departments would have to be constantly checked. Department heads, whose departments are not working efficient, should face strict disciplinary action or better should be fired.

    Asoka Friday, 25 August 2017 12:22 PM

    But when you start seeing that...the horse has gone...Try to see it again...

    nick Friday, 25 August 2017 12:37 PM

    based on ur performance right now & what people expected on January 8 afterwards there is a huge gap very much doubt people will faith on you once again via DM Android App

    Premalal Friday, 25 August 2017 12:51 PM

    This is what happen when a party secretary is suddenly elevated to the seat of Presidency.

    Athula Friday, 25 August 2017 01:08 PM

    Preventing war criminals being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes is not an achievement. In fact it is obstruction of justice. You were chosen to fulfill certain demands with the prosecution of the swindlers of the previous regime. It now seems you have taken over the role of Wijedasa to buy time for crooks and criminals.

    Athula Friday, 25 August 2017 01:12 PM

    Now its clear who is protecting the Rajapakse crooks . Everytime someone is arrested you step in with some choice words to release them. You cannot fool the people all the time. I think its time for a regime change again, if you say the AG Dept is fine.

    jayasekara Friday, 25 August 2017 01:30 PM

    Then why did you blast everyone few weeks back saying no action against corrupt persons

    Sincere Friday, 25 August 2017 01:53 PM

    If Ag Dept serves the nation as per your promises during the Presidential elections, then there is nothing to worry!

    ase Friday, 25 August 2017 04:42 PM

    yes mr. Präsident, the fault is on our side to have believed you as you said to be an independent means no party president.What is now ?? you fooled us.

    Hautaum Friday, 25 August 2017 05:08 PM

    be honest do honest

    Peter Friday, 25 August 2017 07:58 PM

    Governing members of parliament expecting that when they do corruption AG department should not bother to investigate it, because they are in power, and when they questioned that should done with utmost respect,these foot note cartel know they will summon very soon.that is why these rogues criticizing AG department

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