Prof. Peiris decries foreigners in decision making process

‘National security at stake’


By Shamindra Ferdinando

The Joint Opposition has flayed the ruling Sirisena-Wickremesinghe coalition for making the diplomatic community an integral part of the decision making process.

Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris alleged that the yahapalana leaders had been bending backwards to appease Western powers at the expense of vital national security interests. The top JO spokesman said that since the change of government in January 2015, the present day rulers had been running the country the way the Westerners wanted.

Prof. Peiris said that a recent high level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees was a case in point.

Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakse and Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake, Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya, Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda and Foreign Secretary Asela Weerakoon had been present at the meeting Chaired by the PM along with top Western diplomats. They had discussed the Code of Criminal Procedure Act, anti-terrorist legislation, extensive amendments to the Public Security Ordinance.

Addressing the media at Dr. N.M. Perera Centre, Prof Peiris said that the government should explain the role played by top British, French, European Union, Dutch, German, Italian and Romanian diplomatic representatives in formulating laws governing Sri Lanka.

Prof. Peiris said that matters relating to security and criminal justice legislation et al had been discussed with foreign envoys in accordance with their overall plan to amend existing laws. The former External Affairs Minister pointed out that the government was trying to achieve objectives of the US sponsored Geneva Resolution 30/1 which the present government foolishly co-sponsored.

The former law professor alleged that yahapalana rulers lacked the strength to oppose external elements implementing projects inimical to the country.

Commenting on Western efforts to compel Sri Lanka to abolish the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), Prof. Peiris said the previous government was also being pursued relentlessly by the European Union. "We steadfastly refused to give in to their unfair demand to retain GSP plus."

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