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POSTED AT 08:53 AM 28-04-2017

SB thought President was joking about SF appointment to new post

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Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare S.B. Dissanayake said he did not think President Maithripala Sirisena was serious when he asked Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka whether he was interested in accepting the position of the Commander of the Sri Lanka Tri Forces.

The Minister was addressing a press conference at the SLFP headquarters yesterday (27th April)

Speaking about Minister Rajitha Senaratne’s revelation of the Field Marshall’s apointment to his new post, Minister Dissanayake said, “There is no need to have special units because such units do exist,” the minister said,” However, I like the fact that Sarath Fonseka has done a yeoman service to his country while in the service of Sri Lanka Army.”

“I don’t think that it would be worthwhile to delve too deeply into this. I really did not feel that there was any agenda so as to be considered big behind all of this,” stressed Dissanayake.

“It came to my attention because Minister Rajitha Senaratna had spoken about it in length,” he said.

“I think it was discussed how discipline may be brought into effect through various means and the idea that some powers may be given to Field Marshal Fonseka came up along the way in line with the subject,” the Minister said.