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* Talks to resolve crises in UNF postponed till Monday
Fri, Apr 30, 2010, 10:45 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition UNP led UNF has still not managed to resolve its crises due to the delay in holding the final round of talks between the leaders of the constituent parties.

The meeting has been postponed to Monday (3) due to the inability of SLMC Leader Rauf Hakeem to attend the meeting scheduled for today (30).

UNF Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe was to meet with DPF Leader Mano Ganeshan, SLMC Leader Rauf Hakeem and SLFP (M) Wing Leader Mangala Samaraweera for the final discussion today (30) to resolve the issues related to the UNP's National List nominees.

DPF Leader Mano Ganeshan said that while Wickremasinghe has allocated two National List slots to the SLMC and invited the SLFP (M) Wing to join the UNP, the DPF wanted to know what was being offered to the party.

Ganeshan said that if the party does not receive a favorable response from Wickremasinghe on Monday, the party would continue to sit in the opposition in parliament and continue to act as a separate entity.

The DPF has one seat in the current parliament.

Ganeshan ruled out any possibility of joining the government, in the event the party finalizes its decision to quit the UNF.

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