National question: Govt not obligated to fulfill Yahapalana promises – Lakshman Yapa

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ECONOMYNEXT – The government will be cautious of providing a solution to the national question that could trigger a fresh conflict between communities, a spokesman said.

Referring to a statement made by the Tamil National Alliance that a failure to provide a political solution will result in a resurgence of the LTTE, State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said the present government is not obligated to fulfill promises made by the previous administration.

“We have no intention of doing anything that will harm any community,” he told reporters this morning, adding that the TNA should’ve found a solution with the previous government.

Abeywardena further said allegations made by the TNA about Sri Lankan Army Commander Lt Gen Shavendra Silva are not reasonable.

“If he had done something wrong, they had ample opportunity to take legal action against him, but they did not do so,” he said.

“It is not reasonable for them to complain about any of these things now, so long after [Silva’s] appointed as commander,” he added.

The state minister defended Silva’s actions as the then commander of the 58th division of the Sri Lanka Army in the final phase of the war against the LTTE.

“We believe he took the right decisions as a senior officer of the Sri Lanka Army in the war with LTTE terrorists, who were a banned terrorist group worldwide,” he said.

“It is quite clear this is the influence of LTTE diaspora and other foreign elements,” he said. (Colombo/ Feb 18/ 2020)

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