Govt resigning won’t solve security concerns -Patali

2019-07-11 at 14:00

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says the resignation of the government will not solve concerns regarding national security.

Speaking during the debate on the No-Confidence Motion in Parliament today, the Minister said in order to prevent terrorist attacks in the future, an active security operation with good coordination must be created.

He noted the government, the security forces and the intelligence units cannot rid themselves of responsibility when observing the process of the Easter Sunday attacks.

Minister Ranawaka claimed the government’s resignation will further destabilize the country and allow an international terrorist group to further weaken the state.

The Minister said the solution is to consider the security issue beyond political differences, and for everyone to unite against terrorism and carry out a joint national programme, rather than tabling No-Confidence Motions against the government.

Minister Ranawaka further noted the public who value democracy rallied against Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa who eradicated terrorism because a family rule cannot be allowed.

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka stressed the government will not secretively sign agreements harmful to the country.

He added the agreement signed by former Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is an American citizen, with fellow American citizen Robert Blake wasn’t tabled before the Cabinet.

The Minister said however the Status Of Forces Agreement was tabled before the Cabinet while stating that the government described in detail which areas the troops will be stationed at.

He added however according to the former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s agreement any troop of the American Army had the right to interfere with the country.

Minister Ranawaka said the government will not allow the country to be colonized by the USA, China or any other country, undermine the country’s sovereignty or abolish Parliament’s right to make laws, in any manner.

The Minister also reminded the public not to be deceived by statements made by those with no educational qualification, based on political agendas.