President Maithripala Sirisena says that the Police, Tri-Forces and other branches of the security apparatus will be restructured within a week and changes will be made to those heading security institutions within the next 24 hours.
Addressing the nation yesterday in the wake of Sunday’s devastating bombings, the President said he would take stern action against officials who failed to heed and act on warnings from intelligence agencies from a friendly neighbouring country about the threat of an attack.
“The information received from the state intelligence agencies of that country was not passed on to me by relevant officials. If they had done so, I would have taken immediate action. I have decided to take strict action against those who failed in their duty”
The President revealed that already eight countries with experience, intelligence skills and high technology capabilities to fight terrorism have assured Sri Lanka that they would provide assistance in the fight against the menace of terrorism.
The president is confident that with such reorganization of the security sector and with the assistance of foreign expertise, the threat of terrorism could be curbed soon.
He assured that that the limited emergency regulations gazetted on Monday night will only be used to apprehend terror suspects and ensure security and they will not be used to curtail the freedom of the people or democratic rights.
Recalling the difficulties faced during the country’s three decades of terror, the President said since the war ended, during the last 10 years the country has had a very peaceful time.
The President also commended the efforts of Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, the Catholic clergy and other religious leaders to maintain peace and calm.