Political parties express solidarity with Govt
COLOMBO: Political parties participating at the All Party
Conference (APC) convened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to resolve the
current critical situation in the country yesterday expressed their
solidarity with the Government to take immediate action to defuse the
United National Party Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya said as a
responsible opposition party they had participated at the APC to express
their concerns over the current situation in the country.
"We are not ready to take undue political advantage using the current
situation that had emerged in the country following the unfortunate
incidents which have taken place in the past few weeks," he told APC
He said the UNP was ready to discuss with the Government to decide on
the steps towards handling the current situation.
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa
expressing his views to the media prior to the APC, said they wanted
political parties to reach a wider consensus within them to overcome the
"We hope the parties would come together at the APC to face the
challenges of terrorism," he added.
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader Rauff Hakeem said that his party
would extend its support to the Government to deal with the country's
current situation and expressed hope the APC would be a good forum to
discuss the steps to be taken to face the situation.
Jathika Hela Urumaya leader Ven. Ellawala Medhananda Thera said the
Government should have changed its policy towards the LTTE, when the
outfit attempted on the Army Commander's life.
"We should have peace talks. But we should not allow people to be
killed unnecessarily," the Thera added.
EPDP leader Minister Douglas Devananda said that as a political party
which opposed the LTTE, they appeal to the Government to handle the
situation through peaceful means.
"The problems of the LTTE and the Tamils are two different things. So
the Government should take steps to settle the problems politically.
We are not going to suggest war as a solution to the problem,"
Communist Party General Secretary Raja Collure said the APC would
help reach a consensus among political parties to defuse the situation
in the country.