President confident about curtail terrorism and bring back normalcy
assures every possible support to President to curb terrorism in Sri
[April 23 2019]
envoys of foreign countries and the representatives of international
agencies were unanimous in their expression of fullest support to
President Maithripala Sirisena to curb terrorism in Sri Lanka, which has
raised its ugly head on Easter Sunday.
Addressing all the Ambassadors and High Commissioners
based in Sri Lanka, Resident representatives of United Nations and
affiliated organizations and Head of other international agencies at the
Presidential Secretariat today (April 23), President Sirisena expressed
confidence that the terrorism can be curbed soon as the law enforcement
agencies have taken swift measures to identify and arrest the criminals
responsible for acts of terrorism and aiding and abetting such acts.
He revealed that already eight countries with
experience, intelligence skills and high technology capabilities to
fight terrorism have assured Sri Lanka that they would provide
assistance, and appealed to other countries also assist and cooperate in
this fight against the menace of terrorism. The ambassadors, high
commissioners and other representatives assured the President that they
would provide every possible assistance to Sri Lanka to curb terrorism.
The envoys who expressed their views included the
representatives of United Nations and European Union and Ambassadors of
Germany, United States, Denmark and Norway and Pakistan High
President Sirisena said that he would be truthful and
acknowledged that there were lapses on the part of defence authorities
as they failed to inform him about this development. He revealed that
there would be a restructuring in security sector positions shortly.
He pointed out Sri Lankan intelligence experiences
gained during the 30 year old conflict and during the Kandy incident,
would be useful to carry out anti-terrorism measures, now that the armed
forces could be use emergency powers enacted last night.
The President said that although there were
intelligence reports about possible terrorist cells, no legal action
could be taken with normal laws without sufficient evidence. "I am
confident that with such reorganizations of security sector and with the
assistance of foreign expertise, the threat of terrorism could curbed
soon," he emphasized. He added that already FBI and Interpol agreed to
send teams of experts to assist investigations.
President Sirisena said the blocking of social media
could be lifted by tomorrow, if on untoward incidents today. "We will
not allow the limited emergency regulations gazette last night to be
used against the ordinary people and they will be used only against
terror suspects and I take that responsibility myself," he said.
He thanks the foreign leaders and their
representatives for sharing Sri Lanka's sorrow and grief at this time of
Commander of Defence Services, Admiral Ravindra
Wijegunaratne briefed the envoys about the methodology of explosions,
the identification of culprits and the arrests taken place. He also
mentioned about the strong possibility of links with international
terrorists. Secretary to the President, Udaya R Seniviratne and
Additional secretary Esala Weerakoon and Foreign Secretary Ravinatha
Ariyasinha were also present on this occasion.