Says will respond after talks with President, PM

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By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana   
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday said he will soon make a statement in parliament on the withdrawal of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s security personnel after discussing the matter with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.  

The speaker said so when joint opposition Parliament group leader Dinesh Gunawardene raised the matter in the House last morning.  
“The former President has said there are threats to his life and therefore removing his security is a dangerous move. 

I have already had discussions on the matter with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake on the issue,” 

Mr Gunawardene said.  Speaker Jayasuriya who responded said he would inform Parliament on the matter after discussing with the President and the Prime Minister.   MP Dullas Alahapperuma said theeformer president had a greater threat than TNA MP M A Sumanthiran who has also received death threats. Chief opposition whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake said increasing or withdrawing an MPs security was not a healthy trend.