President says some envoys spoke outside their limits

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Measures to control Kandy unrest

Untitled-1By Sunil Jayasiri in London
President Maithripala Sirisena said on Tuesday that some foreign envoys spoke outside their limits when the Sri Lankan Government took measures to arrest violence in Kandy in March.


Certain diplomats spoke against the Government moves to take necessary action-including banning access to social media sites. Some of the diplomats acted beyond their mandate against the move


He was speaking to the Sri Lankan community in London on the sidelines of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).   

He said scientists developed technological devices in the greater interest of humanity, yet it was questionable to what extent these devices were used for the intended purpose. “It has become a problem not only for Sri Lanka but also for the entire world. It has become a huge problem for the US. Within hours after the eruption of violence in Kandy, we imposed curfew and declared the state of emergency. We deployed military and banned the use of social media. When we did this, some in our country and some foreign envoys got irritated. Some spoke in accusative tone. Some envoys spoke outside their limits,” he said.

The President said that at that time, an organization connected to the UN had stated that Sri Lanka had managed to impose a complete ban on the social media sites-something even the US couldn’t do.

“Almost all the international organizations welcomed the Government’s move to ban social media, and many parents of school children and others told me that it was a good move and requested not to remove the ban,” he said.
The President said that about 75% of the media reports on the Kandy unrest incidents were completely wrong.

“Those wrong information reached to the Sri Lankan diaspora, who eventually come to a wrong conclusion about the country’s situation,” the President said.

He requested the members of the Sri Lankan community, who were present at the meeting, not to depend only on social media for credible information.

A large number of the Sri Lankan community living in London participated.

Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Rishad Bathiudeen and acting Sri Lankan High Commissioner in London Sugeeswara Gunaratne were also present.

Political clashes not only here

CHOGM related meeting cancelled due to British Parliament situ


by Sunil Jayasiri in London

President Sirisena, who met a group of Sri Lankans in London, said political clashes were not prevalent only in Sri Lanka and even UK Premier Theresa May had to cancel a meeting with CHOGM leaders scheduled to be held Tuesday, owing to a situation in British Parliament.

“Some people in our country think political clashes are only in Sri Lanka. British PM Theresa May cancelled the meeting which was scheduled to be held on Tuesday with Heads of Governments because of the situation in Parliament,” he said.

He said when he paid a visit to Japan recently with Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, they witnessed about 2,000 people protesting outside Japanese Prime Minister’s office demanding his resignation.

“For a moment I wondered if a group of people from Sri Lanka had arrived in Japan. When we came out from the Prime Minister’s office after having discussions with the Premier, the number of protesters had increased to 5,000. Today, these kinds of political and economic clashes are common in most countries,” he said.

President Sirisena reiterated that Sri Lanka has achieved victories in completing development projects to ensure the sustainability of the country. He said there was no shortcoming in the development projects which are being carried out rapidly. Meanwhile, he said international relations of Sri Lanka had strengthened in the recent past.

“I’m not saying this because I’m the President. We can win the hearts of everyone maintaining a balanced and a non-aligned foreign policy. Our Government has fortified international relations. Everyone helps us and treat us well now. We should look at the country positively,” he said.