Govt lacka political will to meet Wigneswaran’s challenge
-former External Affairs Minister


by Shamindra Ferdinando

Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris yesterday faulted the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government for not tackling the threat posed by the likes of Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran propagating separatist sentiments.

Prof. Peiris alleged that the government lacked the political will to counter the ongoing eelam campaign.

The former Minister asserted that the country was in turmoil for want of proper political leadership. Prof. Peiris was addressing the media at Dr N.M. Perera Centre, Cotta road, Borella.

Commenting on Senior Vice President of the SLFP Nimal Siripala de Silva, MP demanding that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) take disciplinary measures against Wigneswaran, Prof. Peiris emphasised that the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration should take up the former Supreme Court judge’s challenge.

Prof. Peiris said that the situation that had been created by Wigneswaran couldn’t be resolved through disciplinary measures. Prof. Peiris urged the administration to take up the challenge.

The former Minister said that ex-Jaffna District MP Suresh Premachandran had declared that the Sinhalese shouldn’t launch protests in the Northern province. Premachandran had challenged the rights of a particular community to engage in peaceful protests, Prof. Peiris said, urging the government to act swiftly and decisively.

Referring to Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe recent call to review ongoing plans to do away with the executive presidency in the wake of Wigneswaran’s challenge, Prof. Peiris said that the government had the wherewithal to suppress separatists, but hesitated much to the disappointed of the vast majority of people.

Prof. Peiris said Wigneswaran couldn’t under any circumstances vow not to allow new Buddhist statues or shrines in the North. The top JO spokesman strongly criticized the Northern CM for demanding the withdrawal of the Army from the Northern Province and opposition to re-settlement of Sinhalese.

Prof. Peiris said that India had imposed direct rule on troubled States and the Sri Lankan government, too, could take effective measures. The former Law Professor pointed out that the government had the power though it lacked courage or the will.

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