Removal of army commandos, decision of National Security Council – UPFA Gen. Secy.



By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

UPFA General Secretary Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera (SLFP) yesterday endorsed the National Security Council’s (NSC) decision to assign police personnel to the security detail of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in place of army commandos withdrawn on May 02. He said it was the NSC’s prerogative to decide on what type of security was required by VIPs.

Minister Amaraweera told The Island that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had also been given police security and, therefore, it was not an issue for ex-President Rajapaksa to receive the same level of security.

The security of former President Rajapaksa had not been reduced and the NSC had only replaced army commandos with police personnel, the Minister reiterated.

It was the NSC which decided whether the security should be provided by army commandos or by police personnel and it was a technical matter, Amaraweera said.

"It is very clear that the high security should be provided to former President Rajapaksa and we always asked for it. But, now there is no issue regarding the level of security of former President Rajapaksa," he said.

Accordingly, the NSC is chaired by the President comprises the Prime Minister and any Minister nominated by the President along with other officials, Permanent Secretary to the President, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Chief of the Defence Staff, Commander of the Army, Commander of the Navy, Commander of the Air Force, Inspector General of Police and Director of the State Intelligence Service.


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