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UNP says not attending today’s meeting

The United National Party (UNP) yesterday announced that it would boycott today’s meeting of former MPs convened by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa changing its initial stand.

Issuing a press statement, the UNP Media Unit said that the party changed its stance was after it learnt that the meeting was not strictly limited to the 225 MPs of the previous Parliament but also open to all other former MPs and political leaders.

“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 is of the opinion that no meaningful dialogue can be held in this type of meeting. Instead the Rajapaksa regime is focused on playing party politics at a time when the nation needs unity in the leadership.

“The UNP stands ready to assist the government in their efforts to eradicate the COVID-19 menace that has seen our country come to a standstill. However, in order to effectively do so, the government must ensure that all measures taken are those in line with the country’s Constitution,” the press statement added.

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