Adverse reactions due to reckless statement - President
An outrageous and irresponsible statement relating to the Security
Forces has posed a number of problems to the country, said President
Mahinda Rajapaksa. He said the entire country has to face the adverse
impact of this type of misleading and reckless statement. “This type of
erratic statement could bring problems not only to the Defence Secretary
but to the country at large,” he said.
The President was addressing Registered Medical Officers and
Assistant Medical Officers at Temple Trees. These Medical Officers for
the first time extended their fullest support to President Mahinda
Rajapaksa’s candidature at the forthcoming Presidential Election.
He said the entire country has been betrayed by this statement. The
Security Forces have been receiving training in foreign countries for
years and this statement will deprive them of this opportunity to gain
advanced training in such countries.
President Rajapaksa said he is committed to ensure and uphold the
democratic norms and cannot allow despotism and militarism to take root
in the country in any way.
He said Channel 4 Television is demanding us to accept that Security
Forces were responsible for the shooting that was telecast in their
video footage after this misleading statement.
Some elements are claiming that the Executive Presidency is all
powerful. But the Executive President, Speaker of Parliament nor Chief
Government Whip were aware when Ranil Wickremesinghe who was the then
Prime Minister, handed over part of the country to terrorists by way of
a Ceasefire Agreement.
He handed over a part of the country to terrorists officially, the
The Executive President at that time could not do anything. She could
not dissolve Parliament until it completed a year under the Constitution
introduced in 1978. He stressed that the powers vested in the Executive
Presidency were only used by the Government for the repealing of the
Ceasefire Agreement which put the country’s sovereignty and unity into
“We used the powers vested in the Executive Presidency to ban the
LTTE in the country and declare the Ceasefire Agreement entered into by
Ranil Wickremesinghe and terrorists null and a void,” he said.