Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Channellin­g through President vital

- BY GUNASEGARA­M SUREN AND S.JEGANATHAN

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V Wigneswara­n said, ‘Matters regarding missing persons and political prisoners have to be dealt with only by channeling them through the President’.

Wigneswara­n stated that a new race of missing persons has evolved in Sri Lanka and this situation should be reckoned with by the government and a satisfacto­ry solution should be found.

He stated so at the monthly sitting of the Council at the NPC building at Kaithady yesterday.

A resolution stressing that ‘ The government must release a list of the missing persons. At the same time, those who had been arrested on suspicion should be released’, was sub- mitted by NPC member Anandi Sasitharan at the NPC sitting on Thursday 9th.C.V.Wigneswara­n spoke in support of the resolution and made the aforesaid statement about missing persons.

At the same time, N.K.Sivajiling­am, NPC member, submitted a petition to the President stressing that political prisoners should be released without any conditions.

Sivajiling­am queried why an amnesty could not be given to other political prisoners when the prominent LTTErs like Vinayagamu­rthy Mura- litharan, Kumaran Pathmanath­an alias K.P. and Pathuman have been pardoned by the government and given important posts?In reply to his query, Chief Minister said,’ On the 2nd I met the President and discussed this matter of missing persons and political prisoners and requested a pardon and a subsequent release for them.’

The President said, ’This is a legal problem. This has to be undertaken on a legal basis and he ordered Lalith Weeratunge to take the necessary steps.’

‘Even then, matters regarding missing persons and political prisoners have to be dealt with only by channeling them through the President’, he said.

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