In a release yesterday, the President’s Media Division said that the government cannot endorse the idea of an international investigation into Sri Lanka’s internal affairs.

“The Constitution of Sri Lanka and all other existing laws do not provide for conducting international investigations. Consequently, carrying out such investigations would be in violation of the law”, the release said.

The PMD said that during a recent telephone conversation between Minister of Public Security Tiran Alles and the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Harold Anthony, the Bishop mentioned that he was personally reviewing the report.

In light of this, President Ranil Wickremesinghe is preparing to engage in discussions with representatives of the Bishops Conference.

Excerpts from the release “The President’s Media Division (PMD) has expressed concern regarding the editorial published in the Gnanartha Pradeepaya newspaper on Sunday, October 8, 2023, as well as the news report titled “An international investigation team is needed for an independent, transparent, and thorough investigation and monitoring.”

On April 20, 2023, Minister of Public Security Tiran Alles delivered 88 volumes and 48,909 pages of the presidential commission report on the Easter attack to Bishop Harold Anthony, following a request made by him.

A committee, led by a retired Supreme Court judge, has been appointed to conduct an inquiry and produce a report regarding the Channel 4 television programme.

The government also intends to engage in further discussions on this issue once the Bishops’ Conference has thoroughly reviewed the report from the Presidential Commission, the statements said.