Fuel pricing formula will be reconsidered – MS

September 14, 2018

President Maithripala Sirisena says discussions will be held to determine whether the fuel price formula will be maintained in future.

Speaking at a special media briefing for heads of media organisations at the President’s official residence this morning President Sirisena said statements by certain groups that national security has faltered are baseless.

The Head of State also noted that 230 billion rupees has been allocated through the 2019 Budget as defence expenditure.

President Sirisena also said a book will be penned containing the details of true information pertaining to the country’s conflict and its true status adding the Heads of the military have already been notified of the decision.

The President also criticised the arrest of members of the security forces without having filed cases.

The President said this was brought to the attention of the Department of the Attorney General and high ranking police officers.

The President called for a procedure to be implemented to file cases in the event that a member of the security force is arrested.

President Sirisena expressed his disappointment at the remand of security forces without the filing of cases.

President Maithripala Sirisena also noted that a proposal will be tabled at the United Nations and the UN Human Rights Council over the charges levelled at Sri Lanka.

The President said the matter will be highlighted at the next session of the UN General Assembly due to be held on the 25th of September while claiming he hopes to meet with the UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet.

President Sirisena meanwhile revealed of a plan to assassinate him.

The Head of State reiterated a request will be made to Senior Police Officers today to launch an unbiased investigation into the threats.

The Head of State on a separate note said discussions will be held to determine whether the fuel pricing formula will continue.

President Sirisena said the new price formula has been widely criticised by the public and therefore highlighted the need to hold discussions.

The President commenting on the Sri Lanka Singapore Free Trade Agreement said if the report compiled by the committee appointed to study the FTA highlights that it is negative to the country, the President said the recommendations will be reconsidered.

President Sirisena on the topic of the Provincial Council and General Elections stated the elections will likely not be held under the preferential voting system.

The President said shortcomings in the new electoral system will be addressed promptly.