Speaking at an event, an upset Sirisena first dealt a blow against the European Union. “The EU says they will withdraw GSP concessions if the decision to implement death penalty is not withdrawn…It is a threat! It is not ethical to threaten a sovereign nation!” he said.
Sirisena went on to state that he will readily welcome any assistance extended by a foreign nation or an international organisation to develop the country but will not heed any interference made against the autonomy of the country.
“I saw even a top officer of the Government had noted that death penalty goes against his party principles…If party principles and policies were adhered to during the past four years, this country would have been in a better position than this,” he said.
He also lashed out at the Opposition objection and questioned steps they took while in power to combat the menace of drugs.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing an event on Sunday (30) spoke of the President’s determination to proceed with implementing death penalty, stating it is against the UNP principles to destroy a life and therefore the UNP is wholly opposed to the move.