Apr 27, 2017

Wasn't asked to be Army commander - Fonseka Featured

Minister, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka says president Maithripala Sirisena has not asked him at the cabinet meeting to accept a top position in the military.

Fonseka has told BBC Sinhala Service that he was not having anything to do with matters of defence, which is the responsibility of the president.

What the president has proposed to him was that he should head a new organization to counter attempts by certain groups to destabilize the country’s progress and administration.

Fonseka refuted a claim by cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne that the president had asked him at the cabinet meeting on April 25 to accept the Army commander or a defence chief position ‘to create discipline in the country.’

It is nothing to do with the military, but the new organization has been proposed to deal with emergency situations, contingencies and in maintaining essential services, said Fonseka.

It will have the support of the relevant ministries, the police and the military, but he will not play the role of commander, he said.

He said he would accept, if ‘a responsibility is given him.’

He noted that the president thought it fit, in order to take the country forward, to counter attempts by anti-government organizations and politicians trying to inconvenience the government and to destabilize the country’s progress and administration.