Select Committees to probe COPE allegations
COLOMBO: The Government yesterday agreed to appoint Parliamentary
Select Committees to probe each of the allegations and issues contained
in the COPE (Committee on Public Enterprises) report.
Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva at a special SLFP press
briefing at the SLFI yesterday said “we have decided to appoint the
select committees in response to the demands made by the UNP in
He said instead of one select committee they will appoint a total of
24 to probe each of the 24 cases referred to in the report.
The Government has also agreed to grant a one day debate in
Parliament on various statements and allegations made on current issues
including MP Sripathi Sooriyarachchi’s claim of a secret deal between
the Government and the LTTE at the last Presidential Election.
The Minister said that if the majority of parties held the view that
select committees should be appointed to look into all these issues as
well, the Government will not hesitate to do so.
The Government would also take steps to appoint select committees to
probe the unpatriotic statements made by the Opposition Leader here and
abroad. If any party wanted a select committee to probe the attempts to
buy over MPs, that request too can be granted, the Minister added.
Agrarian Development Minister Maithreepala Sirisena said the UNP
leader has joined hands to launch a conspiracy with the LTTE to oust the
President and topple the Government.
He said the LTTE which has been defamed internationally by the
Government’s action to ensure the national security, is looking for an
ally to get their wishes fulfilled and moreover buy time to bounce back.