UNP makes u-turn, decides to boycott meeting

The United National Party (UNP) has decided not to attend the meeting called for by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa tomorrow.

The UNP said that it made the u-turn after the Prime Minister invited former MPs who were not part of the former Parliament to attend the meeting.

The UNP said that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a politically motivated move, decided to host a meeting of the former 225 Members of the 2015 Parliament tomorrow (Monday).

“While this meeting was not accepted as an alternative to the official reconvening of Parliament, the UNP decided to attend the meeting so as to once again re-iterate the party’s official stance that politics must be put aside in the face of the growing national crisis caused by COVID-19,” the UNP led by former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.

However, the party said that it has since learnt that the invitation to this meeting has been extended to all former MPs and other active political leaders, including those from previous Parliaments, thereby expanding the invitation from the original 225 MPs.

The UNP is of the opinion that no meaningful dialogue can be held in this type of meeting.

“Instead the Rajapaksa regime are focussed on playing party politics at a time when the nation needs unity in the leadership,” the UNP said.

The UNP said that it stands ready to assist the Government in their efforts to eradicate the COVID-19 menace that has seen the country come to a standstill.

However, in order to effectively do so, the UNP says the Government must ensure that all measures taken are those in line with the country’s constitution.

The Samagi Jana Balawegaya and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna have also decided not to attend. (Colombo Gazette)

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