UNP Condemns President’s recent statement on Easter attacks

The United National Party (UNP) via a statement released today (28) condemned the recent allegations levelled by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in regards to the Easter Sunday attacks while declaring open the elevated highway which the UNP states was a project initiated by the previous Government.

“The UNP would like to point out that neither the Presidential Commission of Inquiry report nor the Select Committee of Parliament report have stated that the former Prime Minister or any former Minister of the Cabinet was responsible for the attacks,” the Party said.

Through the statement, the UNP said that the President is suggesting that persons not responsible for the Easter Sunday Attacks, and against whom there are no judicial decisions to that effect, be deprived of their Civic Rights by legislation.

“This is contrary to the fundamental principles of Democracy. This brings into conflict the judicial and legislative process. Therefore, this also violates article 3 and 4 of the Constitution of Sri Lanka. This statement is also a violation of the President’s oath to uphold the Constitution,” the UNP notes.

The Party also stated given the background of the President’s statement, it is not surprising that Sri Lanka, under this current Government, has not been invited for the virtual summit on Democracy hosted by the United States of America.