President chairs the All party conference
[April 25 2019]
Everybody should come together
to ensure the security of the
country irrespective of party or
The All Party Conference was held with the
participation of all party leaders, and representatives under the
patronage of President Maithripalka Sirisena today (25).
Lengthy discussions were held regarding the current
situation of the country and the actions to be taken in the future. The
importance of joining together despite party or colour differences
barriers for the task of protecting the national security was thoroughly
emphasized at this meeting.
As a country, to eradicate terrorism and to take the
relevant parties in to custody the program carried on by the President
is to be supported by all party leaders and they confirmed it.
All the leaders of political parties extended fullest
support to the steps taken by the President to eradicate this threat of
terrorism and to ensure national security, as well as to detain the
suspects. The President briefed the party leaders about the steps taken
to curb terrorism, ensure national security and safety of the people and
bring back normalcy in the country. He also expressed the views on
reorganization of the security forces. Decisions have been taken to open
a security operational centre and all the missions are to be coordinated
through this centre, the President said.
President Sirisena stressed that setting aside all the
political beliefs and difference, everybody should collectively commit
towards building a peaceful environment within the country.
The party leaders and the representatives who
expressed their views on this tragic incident depicted the deficiencies
that were evident within the security forces and pointed out the need
for rectifying those errors. They expressed the importance of working
together to strengthen national security. It was also discussed that the
security operations must be carried out by keeping faith on the security
forces and their capabilities to investigate and detain terror suspects
and all the need for the involvement of political leaders and the
individuals holding experience regarding security matters.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsighe, Opposition leader
Mahinda Rajapaksa, and ministers representing Sri Lankan Freedom Party,
United People's Freedom Alliance, and United National Party, Basil
Rajapaksa, representing Podu Jana Peramuna, leader of Tamil National
Alliance, R. Sampanthan, Member of Parliament, JVP spokesperson Wijitha
Herath, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka of Hela Urumaya, Leader of
Mahajana Eksath Peramuna Dinesh Gunwewardena, Leader of National Freedom
Alliance Member of Parliament Wimal Weerwansa, leader of Pivithuturu
Hela Urumaya Member of Parliament Udaya Gammanpila, leader of Democratic
People's Front, Mano Ganeson, leader of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress
Minister Rauff Hakeem, leader of All island Muslim Congress Rishad
Bathiudeen, leader of National Labor Congress minister Palani Digamburun,
leader of Kadurata Peramuna minister V.S. Radhakrishnan,leader of
E.P.D.P leader, Douglas Devananda, leader of Sri Lanka Communist Party D
E W Gunesekara, leader of Lanka Sama Samaja Party Professor Tissa
Vitharana, leader of National Samagi Peramuna Azath Sali and other party
representatives were present in this event.