Prez nod­ded off re­peated SC alerts on re­cent ter­ror at­tack

Un­rea­son­able to ‘pass the buck’ after calamity

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY AJITH SIRIWARDAN­A AND YO­HAN PER­ERA

It is un­rea­son­able to re­move the IGP. It is a dis­grace to the uni­form

Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena had been in­formed of the re­cent ter­ror­ist at­tack at the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (SC) for more than 15 times but he had nod­ded off the re­peated warnings, Field Mar­shal Sarath Fon­seka said yes­ter­day.

“It is an is­sue for the Pres­i­dent to re­tain Law and Or­der Min­istry. The UNP should re­ceive it”

He told par­lia­ment that those who had par­tic­i­pated at the SC had con­firmed the fact that the Pres­i­dent was in­formed of the im­mi­nent dis­as­ter but he had not given any in­struc­tion and nod­ded it off. He said it was un­rea­son­able to pass the buck to oth­ers after the calamity.

“It is un­rea­son­able to re­move the IGP. It is a dis­grace to the uni­form,” he said.

Field Mar­shal Fon­seka said the ex­trem­ist el­e­ments could not be wiped out within two to three weeks as claimed by some and added that he be­lieved that it would take at least two years to wipe it out.

He said he would bring in a last­ing so­lu­tion to this dis­as­ter, if he was handed over the Law and Or­der Min­istry with more powers, just as what was en­trusted to one-time Na­tional Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Lalith Athu­lath­mu­dali.

“It is an is­sue for the Pres­i­dent to re­tain Law and Or­der Min­istry.the UNP should re­ceive it. The Op­po­si­tion should also sup­port it,” he said.

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