leaders slam law and order situation
Assassination unlikely to have long term repercussions
Business leaders yesterday slammed the government for failure to
adequately protect slain Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, saying
the deteriorating security situation was now spilling over to Colombo.
IGP should be answerable. The Minister was a known target. What
is the use of catching the killers if you can’t protect key
people, particularly one of the most successful Foreign Ministers?”
asked Nawaz Rajabdeen, Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry
was only on Friday that J-Biz, the umbrella organisation of national
chambers, began preparing a media statement which criticised the
authorities for the serious breakdown in law and order.
draft statement said the situation was a deterrent to investment
and economic growth. It urged the main political parties to formulate
a common framework on law and order. Chamber officials said the
draft was now being re-written to include Mr. Kadirgamar’s
felt that the assassination would lead to more complications in
the already complex peace process. “There’ll be pressures
on the process,” noted Ajit Gunewardene, John Keells Holdings
(JKH) Joint Managing Director.
He said however the incident was unlikely to have any long terms
repercussions on investment and tourism.
Rodrigo, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce president, said the assassination
would send a negative signal to investors and tourists. “What
kind of message do we have when foreign television stations show
troops on the streets, roadblocks and speak of a state of emergency?”
he asked, adding that it would have a short term impact.
Rodrigo said Lanka had lost “an able man and one of the best
politicians of our times.”