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* Opposition party calls on Sri Lankan government to do a U-turn on current path to overcome crises
Mon, Mar 4, 2013, 10:21 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) says the government needs to do a U-turn on its current path in order to overcome the crises faced by it, especially before the international community.

Former Foreign Minister and UNP parliamentarian, Mangala Samaraweera has said the government must make a U-turn and start re-democratization in order to overcome the current crises.

"If they really want to overcome the current crisis, they need to do a U-turn on their present path, implement the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations, put forward a suitable political solution, re-establish the independent commissions, and abolish the 18th Amendment," he has explained.

He says the government needs to show it is serious and the government does not need time for that.

"The government did not need time when it brought in the 18th Amendment and the impeachment of the Chief Justice was finalized within 24 hours. If the government has the political will to implement such dictatorial actions, I don't see why it cannot put in place the democratic agenda," Samaraweera has said.

According to him, if the LLRC is implemented, the UNP as a party will extend its support.

"The international community is more aware and more objective. They have been very fair with the government, and given much more time than they should have given. They gave time and space for the government to prove its credentials, but when the government is becoming anti-democratic and violating international laws there is no option, but to invoke some of those laws against the country," he has said.

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