Nov 12, 2018 (LBO) – Foreign Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama briefed foreign diplomats based in Colombo at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this morning.
According to the Foreign Ministry, the Minister has clarified the chain of events that compelled President Maithripala Sirisena to arrive at the decision to dissolve Parliament.
He has emphasized the constitutionality of the steps taken by President Sirisena and added that having been elected through a nationwide vote, the President derives his authority directly from the people of Sri Lanka.
The Minister has said that in the event of a conflict between the organs of government, seeking a mandate from people who are sovereign ensures that democracy prevails.
“Minister Amunugama also made special note of the peaceful atmosphere that continues to prevail in Sri Lanka, in the midst of internal political changes,” the Foreign Ministry said.
“This is to the credit of the people of Sri Lanka and re-affirms the democratic traditions of the country.”
Through the measures adopted, the Minister added, the Executive has discharged his responsibility of ensuring the security and safety of all Sri Lankans, which may have been compromised by the growing tension and the departure from parliamentary traditions.
The Foreign Ministry added that several country representatives present at the briefing expressed their confidence in the strength of Sri Lanka’s longstanding democratic traditions in resolving this internal matter.