Nov 16, 2018

SLPP wants an immediate interim settlement Featured

The Sri Lanka Podujana Party is agreeable to a peaceful resolution of the prevailing political crisis, a top figure of the party told Sri Lanka Mirror.

The offer comes after president Maithripala Sirisena met several party leaders last night (15) and informed them of his decisions.

The SLPP figure claimed the president has acted in accordance with the constitution, when he replaced Ranil Wickremesinghe with Mahinda Rajapaksa as the prime minister, prorogued parliament and announced a general election.

Is it correct for those who refuse to accept the president’s moves to violate standing orders of parliament? he asked.

A settlement in the interim should be reached immediately, he said.

Noting that neighbouring countries such as the Maldives and Bangladesh faced similar situations, he said that moderate politicians, civil society activists and even the UN intervened to resolve them.

Role of an intermediary

MangalaSamaraweera 01 01 16A person like Mangala Samaraweera, who is acceptable to both sides could act as an intermediary, he said, adding however, that it was a concern to see that a person like him too, acting in a radical manner.

He accused social media of acting in a one-sided manner in this crisis and requested that their voice too, should be heard.

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