Govt. will not leave room for injustice to be caused to war heroes – Kiriella

By Cyril Wimalasurendre

 KANDY: The government would not allow injustice to be caused to the war heroes due to the proposed Sri domestic investigation into war crimes allegations, said University Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella after opening a coordinating office at the Kandy District Secretariat on Monday (05).

The war crimes investigations would proceed since such a probe had been agreed to by the former President. But, the government would ensure the safety of the war heroes so that there would be no problem for them, Minister Kiriella pledged.

The Minister said he was confident that the UNP would receive an overwhelming victory at the forthcoming local government elections.

There was no doubt about the UNP’s victory. It had won two elections held this year. As such the UNP was assured of a sweeping victory at the local election, Kiriella said.

He said: "The Expressway from Colombo to Kandy is a major project undertaken by our government. We will build this expressway for the benefit of all Sri Lankans in general and the upcountry people in particular."

The project was scheduled to be completed in stages. The first phase from Colombo was expected to be handled by a Chinese company while the second phase would be undertaken with funds from the Asian Development Bank. The third and final segment from Pothuhera up to Kandy was expected to be completed with Japanese aid, the minister said.

Prior to receiving assistance from the foreign agencies Sri Lanka should forward the environmental impact assessment and acquire land. About 51% of the land required would be vested in the government by January next year. The relevant officers had pledged that they would complete the task as scheduled, the Minister noted.

He maintained that people had come forward to support the building of the expressway by handing over their lands voluntarily. The project was first mooted by the UNP government. The decision was to commence the project in the year 2004. But it failed as the then UNP government had been sacked.

Kiriella said that there was no disagreement between the President and the Prime Minister. "There is a strong bond between the President and Prime Minister though some vicious elements are making an attempt to create a rift between the two leaders", he added.

Former Mayor and Kandy MMC Raja Pushpakumara and Kandy MMC Ilahi Abdeen were present.


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