SLFP wants to lose racist image given to the party

Fisheries Minister Mahinda AmaraweeraThe Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) says it wants to lose the racist image given to the party by some of its members in recent times.

SLFP member and Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that one group in the SLFP is still giving a racist image to the party.

He said that the comments being made by that group on the decision taken to sing the National anthem in Tamil has shown that the SLFP cannot move forward with their support.

“We need to take this party on the correct path,” he said.

He noted that there was a time the Tamils in Jaffna voted for the SLFP at an election but now that has changed.

Amaraweera said that by being in the cohabitation Government with the UNP, the SLFP has been able to do a lot for the country.

The Minister noted that the SLFP was able to ensure the soldiers and political leaders in Sri Lanka were not taken before an international criminal court to face allegations related to the war.

He also said that the Government will not take action against any soldier or political leader just to satisfy a foreign country.

Amaraweera said that protests were staged when the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein visited Sri Lanka as some felt he was misleading President Maithripala Sirisena.

However the Minister said that Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein was very happy with the progress he saw in Sri Lanka and assured the President his full support. (Colombo Gazette)

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