Prime Minister sets record straight on Pakistan
Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake making a special statement in
Parliament yesterday said certain sections of the media had published
distorted reports on the stand taken by Sri Lanka at the Commonwealth
Heads of Governments meeting in Kampala, Uganda regarding the suspension
The Prime Minister said therefore he wished to explain to the August
Assembly, the stand taken by the President and the Government on this
issue. Sri Lanka's stand was that Pakistan should be given time to enter
the democratic path.
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama too stated before the
Commonwealth Ministerial Sub Committee that Pakistan should be given
time and emphasised that no action should be taken against Pakistan.
When the Ministerial Sub-committee decide to recommend the suspension
of Pakistan, Bogollagama with the concurrence of the President had
expressed strong objections to the decision.
He had expressed dissent both by voting and speaking against it. The
Prime Minister said he wished to inform the House that the President and
the Government took the firm stand that Pakistan was a friend of Sri
Lanka and that the Commonwealth should not take a firm stand against it.