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* Sri Lanka PM not afraid to testify before the PSC probing Easter Sunday attacks
Fri, Jul 12, 2019, 10:26 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that he will testify before the special Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to inquire into the Easter Sunday bomb attacks.

Issuing a special statement, Friday (12), the Prime Minister said he was also called before the Committee and he is not afraid to go before the committee and reveal what he knows.

"We have nothing to hide. As such, there is no fear of going before the Select Committee. I have been called by the committee. I go to it and tell them what I know."

Following is the statement made by the Prime Minister:

The no-confidence motion presented against me and the ministers was defeated by a majority vote. The Parliament ruled that the allegations contained in the resolution were baseless.

Immediately after learning about the Easter Sunday attack, I met with the security chiefs and advised them to act immediately.

Because of the measures taken by us, we were able to get everyone involved in the attack within two months. I applaud our security forces for this.

Our ministers have worked tirelessly to provide relief to victims and rebuild damaged property.

Even Parliament now acknowledges that these activities were carried out properly.

Meanwhile, there was another issue. That is the miscommunication of the information. The intelligence information on the attack was not communicated properly to the relevant units and the attention of the Security Intelligence Agency was not directed properly.

The first thing we did was the operation to capture the terrorists. We were able to achieve that. Then we appointed a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to look into the failure of intelligence communication.

Although some have said various things about the PSC, the judiciary has accepted that it is legal. We have nothing to hide. As such, there is no fear of going before the Select Committee. I have been called by the committee. I go to it and tell them what I know.

Even during the debate on the no-confidence motion, there was opportunity to reveal several important points to the country.

What we want is to lay the groundwork to prevent such terrorism from happening again. It should be done for the future of the country and the nation. Otherwise, it is an act of treason.

Therefore, through the Select Committee we will discover the truth. There is a court case related to this incident. This also will reveal the truth.

We do not expose this truth targeting particular individuals or political parties but to recognize the truth and if there are shortcomings, take action to prevent it from happening in the future.

We also hope to adopt some new laws to curb global terrorism. We also look forward to working with international intelligence agencies.

I would like to draw your attention to another matter. Some people thought that such an unexpected disaster would stall all the affairs of the country in one place. But we did not allow it. Our government continued its economic, social and developmental activities. Provided Samurdhi benefits, land deeds, Jobs and houses. We have begun to rebuild the weakened tourism industry. We did not allow any obstacle to impede the advance of the government.

This success was possible because we all worked together thinking about the country first. We have many more challenges to overcome. There is more immediate work to be done. Let's work together and make all that a success for the sake of the country.


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