Prof. Peiris briefs int’l community regarding threat on MR


Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris has written to all Ambassadors and High Commissioners regarding the government’s decision to replace former President Mahinda Rajapaksa security contingent provided by the Army with the Police. The following is the full text of the letter dated May 4: "I am writing to bring to your notice the potentially grave consequences arising from the Government’s decision to withdraw Army security from former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

This decision has been made and implemented fifteen months after the change of Government in January last year.

This has been done at a time when a terrorist in possession of a suicide explosive kit was arrested, and other material capable of being used for assassination has been discovered. Consequent upon this, several other terrorists have also been arrested. The Government’s decision puts the life of the former President, as the leader responsible for the eradication of terrorism from our country and therefore a prime target of the terrorists, very much at risk of assassination. What is plainly evident is the calculated desire to prevent him from engaging in legitimate political activity and coming into contact directly with the people in different parts of the country.

It is our belief that the Government’s action has been motivated by its increasing unpopularity with the people, and its awareness that mounting criticism of its record is entirely incapable of being refuted with any degree of conviction: hence the need to silence its opponents by duress and intimidation.

On behalf of the Joint Opposition, I request Your Excellencies to take note of this situation and to keep your capitals informed accordingly."


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