Govt deplores UNP's attempt to disrupt SAARC
Chief Government Whip Minister Dinesh Gunawardene yesterday told
Parliament that the Government has made arrangements to conduct the 15th
SAARC Summit in Sri Lanka.
The Minister responding to a question raised by UNP MP Ravi
Karunanayake, said the Government has the sole right to conduct the
"However, the UNP is attempting to disrupt the Summit to be held in
Sri Lanka. This is not the duty of politicians who love their country,"
The Minister said various criticisms were made by certain elements
when late Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike made arrangements to hold
the Non-aligned Summit in Sri Lanka. Later those who criticised the
international event understood the benefits gained by Sri Lanka as a
result of the non-aligned Summit, he said.
"Therefore it is the Government's responsibility to hold the 15th
SAARC Summit in Sri Lanka," the Minister added.