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Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 7.19 GMT

Executive Powers will be utilized to protect environment - President


President Maithripala Sirisena said he was not reluctant to use his Executive Powers to the maximum level to protect environment.

He made this observation addressing members of the Law Students' Environmental Society at Sri Lanka Law College, Hulftsdorp yesterday (May 11).

The President said some politicians and officers are not sensitive to the environment when their activities are considered.

He said migrant birds have been visiting places like Kumana for millions of years.

"These places should be protected," President Sirisena said adding that politicians who are not sensitive to the environment should be guided on the correct path.

The President said massive development projects have been implemented during the last few decades without environment impact assessment tests.

He said lawyers have played a pivotal role in protecting the environment and making the environment sensitive to the people.

He also commended the Law Students' Environment Society.

Justice Minister Wijayadasa Rajapakshe, Attorney General Yuwanjana Wijethilake, Law College Principal Jayathissa de Costa, Royal College Principal Upali Gunasekara and Law Students' Environmental Society chairman Malka Deneththi were also present.






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