Meets President, PM, Opposition Leader among others

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) held discussions with the President, Prime Minister, the Opposition Leader and MP’s who became independent in Parliament yesterday to find a solution to the current political crisis.

The Management Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House and leaders of several political parties and groups in Parliament at the BASL Secretariat their request to discuss the Proposals of the BASL to restore Political and Economic Stability in the Country yesterday morning.

The Committee also met the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at his invitation at Temple Trees yesterday afternoon, the BASL said.

The BASL drew the attention of the President and the Prime Minister   of the urgency in establishing political stability in the country and explained the BASL proposals including the formation of a Government of national unity.

The President of the BASL also informed the President that the BASL was concerned about the Declaration of the State of Emergency.

Earlier in the morning the BASL met representatives of the independent group of Members of Parliament (MPs) headed by the former President Maithripala Sirisena and comprising Members of Parliament, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Mahinda Amaraweera, Dayasiri Jayasekera, Udaya Gammanpila and Gevindu Kumarathunga who were accompanied by President’s Counsel Faiszer Mustapha.

Thereafter, the Management Committee met representatives of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) headed by the Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa and comprising Members of Parliament Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Lakshman Kiriella, Rauff Hakeem, Mano Ganeshan, Kabir Hashim, Eran Wickramaratne and Thalatha Athukorale and former Member of Parliament Ajith. P. Perera accompanied by President’s Counsel Thisath Wijegunawardena, President’ s Counsel Farman Cassim and Attorneys Kamal Wijesiri, Suren Fernando and Ravi Jayewardena.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. G.L.Peiris, and Members of Parliament Pavithra Wanniarachchi, C.B. Ratnayake and Premanath Dolawatte attended the meeting with the Prime Minister. The BASL explained the framework of its Proposals and answered queries as to their implementation.

All parties appreciated the role played by the BASL in respect of the present crisis. They also shared their concerns and presented their own proposals which have been submitted either to Parliament or to the President.




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