Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Apologises in Parliament for Destruction of theJaffna Public Library in 1981 when the UNP was in Power.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday apologised for the destruction of the Jaffna library when the UNP was in power in 1981.

Participating in the third reading stage debate on budget 2017 under the expenditure heads of the ministry of prisons, rehabilitation and resettlement, Prime Minister extended the apology.

Joint Opposition MPs interrupted the prime minister’s speech by shouting.

Responding to hecklers, the Prime Minister said:

“We are giving jobs to people. We are opening industries. By the time President Maithripala Sirisena celebrates his second anniversary of assuming office, we will have completed a massive amount of development work in the North. The Jaffna Library was burnt during the time of our government. We regret it. We apologise for it. Do you also apologise for the wrongs you committed?”

Courtesy:The Island