UNP non-committal about Shavendra as they want to play both sides-SLPP

Parliamentarian supporting Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Lakshman Yapa Abeywardana says that UNP is not commenting on the appointment of the new Army Commander Shavendra Silva as they want to play both sides.

Speaking at a media briefing held this morning (21 Aug) Abeywardana said that UNP won’t say anything negative or positive about the new Army Commander’s appointment because they want to protect their votes and also get the support of the western powers for the election.

Further, he said that even though Ranil Wickremesinghe does not have the hearts’ of people, he has the power to do anything in the UNP. “Nobody can play these games with him,” he added.

While appreciating President Sirisena’s decision to appoint Lt Gen Silva, Abeywardana said that concerns of others about his appointment is not a problem for Sri Lankans.

“We will not take political advantage from the appointment of Shavendra,” Abeywardana said.

He also said that if Silva is accused of war crimes because he dedicated his life for the army and to protect the country, then those individuals who worked closely with LTTE and were in the parliament and are still in the parliament should be also charged for war crimes.

Further, he said that Gotabaya Rajapaksa had got his ‘Certificate of Loss of Nationality of the United States’ and said that the recently released list was a list of the US Inland Revenue department which includes the names of individuals who had renounced their US citizenship and had worked in the US for 5-10 years.

“It does not have any link with the renunciation of citizenship and the whole list of individuals who had lost the US nationality will be issued after a period of one year,” Abeywardana said.

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