Government says it has learnt from Easter attacks

The Government says it has learnt from the Easter Sunday attacks and taken steps to address security lapses.

Speaking at the Future of Tourism Summit at the Cinnamon Grand hotel in Colombo today, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that Sri Lanka is now monitoring ISIS and other groups that promote hate.

Responding to questions posed by CNN’s Richard Quest, the Prime Minister admitted that there was a lapse in information sharing prior to the attacks.

However, he says now those lapses have been identified and steps have been taken to ensure an attack similar to the Easter attacks does not occur.

The Prime Minister said that it has been established that information of a possible attack had been communicated to some officials in early April yet steps were not taken to prevent the attack.

“They sent out the letters of warning but the question is why wasn’t there a followup,” he said.

Asked by Richard Quest if the reports on the investigations will be made public, the Prime Minister said that the Parliament Select Committee report will be made public.

Asked about the need for a National airline, Wickremesinghe said that Sri Lanka needs one but it does not need to be Government owned.

Quest also asked the United National Party (UNP) leader when he plans to announce the Presidential candidate of the UNP and Wickremesinghe responded saying soon.

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