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27 Oct, 2014 | 8:51 pm
JVP North Central Provincial Councillor Wasantha Samarasinghe demands that Professor G.L. Peiris, immediately makes public the communication he referred to, from Pierre-Yves Hueguenin of the Swiss Federal Intelligence Service, with regard to the Geneva Gate Controversy.
On October 21, the Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L. Peiris, issued a statement, exonerating the External Affairs Secretary of any wrong-doing, noting that allegations that the 2009 contract for the refurbishment of the residence of the Permanent Representative in Geneva, was provided to a personality involved with the LTTE, are baseless.
The Minister notes that the Sri Lanka Mission in Geneva, obtained the services of a company owned by P.T. Thurairajah, in Zurich, in November 2009, to refurbish the official residence of the Permanent Representative.
The Minister notes that on April 12, 2012, the Head of Chancery at the Mission in Geneva, U. Jauhar, had made an inquiry from Pierre- Yves Hueguenin of the Swiss Federal Intelligence Service, regarding the person who was awarded the contract.
According to Professor. G.L. Peiris, Hueguenin had responded on April 27, 2012 that there was no indication that the individual in question was involved with the LTTE.
Meanwhile, The Sunday Times reported on Sunday, that the Swiss Embassy in Colombo, responding to an email query, had indicated that the Swiss authorities are in contact with Sri Lankan authorities, in relation to whether Thurairajah or anyone affiliated with the company that carried out the renovation, was arrested by the Swiss Police.
The Swiss Embassy had also reportedly noted that in keeping with embassy rules, it could not reveal the names of officials involved, or the “substance of such contacts”.
Following the latest development, Wasantha Samarasinghe said:
[quote]We are challenging Prof. G.L. Peiris to present this communication as a responsible minister of external affairs. Present this to the public as we did with the audit report. Make public the communication that was sent by the Swiss Federal Police. If it is an email, take a printout and present it. Ask the secretary to your ministry to make a statement to the media with the document. However, this should not be like the media reports stating that you will make a statement in Parliament. Do not try to evade the problem. This is a grave issue.[/quote]
General Secretary of the UNP Tissa Attanayake also spoke in this regard:
[quote]Prof. G.L. Peiris made a statement as a clarification on the matter. When you read this statement clearly, it is evident that he is trying to say that Kshenuka Seneviratne is right. However, he does not deny that such a transaction did not happen. What has the audit report looked into? Three senior officers attached to the Auditor General’s Department had conducted this audit. When you look at the audit report, it is evident that there was sheer negligence and there is room for suspicion. This is a grave issue as the public’s money has been utilised. Hence, Kshenuka cannot go squat free. This report shows that Kshenuka was directly involved. The government is trying to safeguard her.[/quote]
Meanwhile, speaking in Parliament on Monday General Secretary of the United National Party, parliamentarian Tissa Attanayake questioned as to how the people could have faith in transactions that are made using national finances.
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