Sri Lanka PM emphasizes the need to restore normalcy in public life soon

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says all parties should work together to revive the lives of the people, despite the island wide chaos resulted from the heavyweight attack on Easter Sunday.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe pointing out that those who were involved in the attack had been brought under the law by the security forces, stressed the need to ensure that these activities are not repeated, and said that all countries should share intelligence information in the fight against international terrorism.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made these comments at a special meeting held to enlighten civil society activists this afternoon.

Speaking further, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, the Easter Sunday attack has caused a lot of confusion in the country and “now we have to restore the lives of the people.”

“Now we have to return to the normal life. Otherwise, it will be a surrender to terrorism. Therefore, we believe religious activities will commence in Mosques on Friday and Sunday services in Christian churches.”

“We are not strangers to terrorism. Terrorism takes various forms. Now, we are facing international ISIS terrorism instead of the local terrorism in the past. This is a far different from the terrorism prevailed.”

He said the Sri Lanka’s intelligence units have over 10,000 members and they can uncover information on the terrorist activities in Sri Lanka but assistance of international intelligence organizations is needed to tackle the terrorist acts by international terrorist organizations like ISIS.

“We need more technology than the current state to find out about international terrorist acts.”

“Every country must work together against the ISIS terrorism,” the Premier said.

Lecturer of the Sri Jayewardenepura University Venerable Dambara Amila Thera, General Secretary of the United National Party, Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Rajitha Senaratne, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunga, Members of Parliament Mr. Jayampathi Wickramarathna, Mr. Asu Marasinghe, Convener of Puravesi Balaya organization Saman Ratnapriya, senior officers of police and military and civil society activists were also present.

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